The Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees have approved renovations to the Crossroads building, which has been fairly vacant since all services that once resided there moved with construction of the Clay Pathfinder building.
Final approval for the project will lie with the Wyoming Community College Commission on Feb. 22.
Rick Johnson, Vice President of Administration and Finance at LCCC, said that when the board had their first reading of the project back in December, there was clear positive feedback from its members. This project has been a part of discussion for a while, Johnson added.
“It’s student money, so the whole purpose of the project is to do something that will benefit the students,” Johnson said. “Create a space where they may want to hang out and have an engagement area, a collaboration area.”
The project will be funded by student fees from the student fee fund balance, Johnson said, which is estimated to cost $850,000. The college will not know the final amount until they award a construction bidder, and that will be determined after the WCCC approves the project.
Zeke Sorenson, Coordinator of Student Engagement and Diversity at LCCC, was on the selection committee that chose architects Hord Coplan Macht, and has been part of the project since the architects got involved.
“We have the student lounge space, but because we do so many programs and activities in that area, every time we do that we have to kick the students hanging out in there out,” Sorenson said.
Space in the Crossroads building will be transformed into a student collaboration and engagement area, Johnson said. Rooms on the outside of the building will be dedicated to organizations and clubs that are student based.
“It’s taking kind of a dingy interior space and jazzing it up,” Johnson said.
Sorenson said the following organizations and clubs will be moved to the Crossroads building: Student Engagement and Diversity (which includes the Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board), Phi Theta Kappa, Student Veterans Association, Help Desk/IT, and high school programs such as GEAR UP.
There will also be a space included that all clubs and organizations can utilize. The middle of the building will be dedicated to student engagement and collaboration, with quiet zones and non-quiet zones where students can relax and hang out.