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2 New Buildings Poised to Open: Science and Enrollment Services

Middlesex County College will open two new buildings this fall. West Hall, a one-stop enrollment center, will open with a dedication and a reunion of MCC retirees on September 29, and South Hall, which will feature 14 sciences labs, will have its formal opening ceremony October 21.

“These are two state-of- the-art buildings that will benefit generations of future students,” said College President Joann La Perla-Morales. “I am thrilled with the way the construction has turned out. West Hall will consolidate all of our enrollment departments into one location, which will streamline the process. And the new South Hall will substantially improve the level and breadth of hands-on science instruction and allow us to offer new programs.”

West Hall

West Hall

West Hall, which cost $12.7 million, was built through Chapter 12 funding, the traditional way that county colleges in New Jersey are able to construct buildings. The county sells bonds, and the state and county then split the debt service. West Hall will house the offices of Admissions, Academic Advising, Career Services, Financial Aid, Registration, Student Account Services, Veterans Services, and the deans of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. The offices are scheduled to open in October.

It is 30,000 square feet and is nearby two large parking lots.

“We’re very excited about this new building because we will serve students in a more efficient manner,” said Brian Clemmons, dean of enrollment management. “Students can sign in from anywhere – home, their mobile phone, or inside West Hall. They will then go to one terminal to get assistance with any type of enrollment issue. Most of them will only need to see just one MCC representative. Wait times should improve dramatically.”

South Hall

South Hall

South Hall, which cost $18.2 million, was funded through the State of New Jersey’s Building Our Future Bond Act, along with a 25 percent match from the County. The two-story, 36,000 square feet facility includes 14 science labs dedicated to general biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, genetics, microbiology and general science. Classes will begin in January of 2017.

“We’re all excited about the new facility,” said Parag Muley, chair of Natural Sciences. “It looks spacious and inviting. Students and faculty are going to find it to be state-of- the-art, and a really good educational space. It’s going to be equipped with the latest and the greatest equipment for training. We are eager to get started. We can’t wait.”

Donald Drost, executive director of facilities management, said the College will submit the two buildings for LEED certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized mark of excellence that provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Crabiel Hall, which was completed in 2011, received a Silver ranking and Mr. Drost expects West Hall and South Hall to earn a Silver or Gold mark.