MATTOON -- Lake Land College's administrative offices are scheduled to relocate next week from the Luther Student Center to a renovated and expanded building that previously was the college's former childcare lab.
The relocation of the administrative offices will clear the way for construction work to start this fall on the planned renovation and expansion of the Luther Student Center.
President Josh Bullock, the vice presidents, and their support staff members are slated to be in their new offices at the south end of the new administrative center by the time fall semester classes start on Aug. 20. Vice President for Business Services Bryan Gleckler said they are reusing as much of their original furniture and office materials as possible, including the wood and glass door frame for the president's office.
An addition was constructed on the north end of the former childcare lab to house a dedicated meeting room for the Lake Land College Board of Trustees. The board has been holding most of its meetings in the large room in the center of Webb Hall classroom building.
"We anticipate being able to hold the Sept. 10 board meeting in the space here," Gleckler said, noting that the new meeting room will offer upgraded audio and visual capabilities. The former childcare lab building will also have energy efficient LED lighting and be connected to the campus geothermal heating and cooling system.
Gleckler said relocating the administrative offices is the first phase of a construction project that will result in all of Lake Land's student services being located within a renovated and expanded Luther Student Center.
The Luther Student Center currently houses the accounting, admissions, counseling and student life offices. Bullock said the construction project will make way for the financial aid and TriO student support services offices to move from Webb Hall to the student center. He said the textbook rental service/book store and the Lake Land College Police Department offices will also move from their buildings to the student center.
Gleckler said the board of trustees will vote this fall on hiring contractors to construct the foundation and steel structure for the Luther Student Center addition, and to handle other work for the renovation. He said the construction project will be done in stages, starting will the newly vacated administrative office, and is set to be completed by the start of the 2019-20 school year.
"We are pursuing an aggressive schedule," Gleckler said of the construction project.
The Subway restaurant in the Luther Student Center has been closed temporarily this summer as contractors relocate nearby underground utility lines to make way for the addition. Gleckler said the Subway also will be temporarily closed in summer 2019.
Lake Land's board voted in June to issue $17 million in bonds to fund the renovation and expansion of the Luther Student Center and the former childcare lab building, and to carry out related utility work. Officials have said that Lake Land plans to pay off the bonds over several years without increasing the college’s share of local property tax bills.