For years, because of major limitations in building access and poor use of available interior space, the student center at Rock Valley College was able to provide only a small portion of available student services.
As proposed in the newly developed master plan for the college, the student center is to serve as a “one-stop shop” for all student-related services COST PER SQ FT$104.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation financial aid, registration, testing, continuing education and general campus information.
Work will be staged in two phases. The first phase (completed in October 2003) included extensive remodeling of the existing first and second floors. The original two-story dining hall was filled in with new floor construction to add 4,500 square feet of usable space to the second floor. Formerly underused balcony areas were incorporated into the interior, maximizing space usage and adding 4,400 square feet of programmable space to the building.
The level of activity within the building will increase significantly by combining student-related services in one place. Admissions, records, financial aid, continuing education, student commission, general information and food service have been arranged to accommodate a logical flow among departments.
Functional flexibility is enhanced through demountable interior partitions and modular furniture systems. Interior lighting systems have been upgraded to use the latest in direct/indirect technologies. Existing floor, wall and ceiling systems also were upgraded to maximize access to utilities and surface reflectivity.