HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – In a couple years from now, the distinctive, sloping “G Building” of Holyoke Community College will feature a new look. The building, which houses the campus center, will be undergoing a two year, $43.5 million renovation project.
Holyoke Community College President Bill Fogarty says that the main reason for the renovation is that the structure has been plagued by water leaks, ever since it opened back in 1980. Since 2008, projects to waterproof the building have been proposed, but those efforts have stalled.
“The main impetus for this is to get the building watertight,” Fogarty said in a news release sent to 22News. “Then we also wanted to do things that would improve the operation of the building, and make it a real campus center.”
The building will be squared-off with additions on its east and west faces. The construction will add about 9,000 square feet to the building, which will include additional dining space and a glass atrium.
The construction project will lead to the closure of the campus center, beginning in February. The media center, cafeteria, Campus Store, and other facilities housed in the “G Building” will be relocated to other structures on campus during this period. The building will re-open once construction is complete in 2019.
Fogarty said that the state has already allocated some $8 million for the project, and will later allocate the rest of the money for the construction.