Waubonsee Community College will celebrate the official grand opening of its new Student Center on Friday, Feb. 27, at the collegeâ€™s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.
The event will kick off with a student open house at noon, a formal ceremony at 2 p.m. and concludes with a community open house from 2:45 to 4 p.m.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature building tours, giveaways and refreshments. Entertainment for the first two hours of the event will be provided by Smash from KISS FMâ€™s Drex Morning Show. Following the formal ceremony, Waubonseeâ€™s Steel Drum Combo will perform.
To RSVP, visit www.waubonsee.edu/studentcenter or call (630) 466-7900, ext. 2411.
The 58,000-square-foot Student Center is designed to be both the literal and figurative heart of the collegeâ€™s main campus. This â€œone-stop shopâ€ centralizes all of the collegeâ€™s most vital student services in one building. Departments housed in the new building include Admissions, Registration and Records, Financial Aid, Counseling, Bursar Office, Center for Learning Assessment, Access Center for Students with Disabilities, Student Support Services, Career Services and Student Activities.
In addition to these services, the building also provides places for students to connect with each other and faculty outside of class. The collegeâ€™s new Cafe and Coffee Bar is located here, along with a dining room that offers plenty of seating options and scenic views of the campus. There are also several computer workstations and free wireless Internet access for those students with their own laptops.
Designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Perkins & Will, construction on the Student Center began in February 2007 and cost approximately $17 million. JJR was the projectâ€™s landscape architect while Turner Construction served as the construction management company.