HSC Construction Tour Brings Great Optimism For Athletics

HSC Construction Tour Brings Great Optimism For Athletics

Construction of the Health Sciences Center began in July 2015 and is approximately halfway completed. Phase II construction, which includes renovation of the existing gymnasium, began on May 10. The building is projected to open in January 2017.

This week Athletics Director Bruce Bach was among a number of college administrators to tour the HSC, part of which will be the new home for Mustangs Athletics and specifically its women's volleyball and men's and women's basketball teams. Also featured on the tour was the framed-out area for the new fitness center.

To date, the exterior skin installation for the new gymnasium is mostly completed, and all concrete slabs have been placed. Interior framing is nearly completed on the second floor, and drywall installation is in progress. Roofing is nearly completed, as is exterior masonry on the building's south and east sides. Mechanical ductwork and cable tray installation, as well as electrical, plumbing and fire protection work, is continuing throughout the facility. The installation of a fire service line will begin shortly.

"It's exciting to see all the tireless planning and behind-the-scenes effort finally take shape," Bach said. "This building will mark an exciting new chapter in the college's rich history."

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The project scope of this state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center includes both a full-scale renovation, as well as a 76,000 square-foot expansion of the building.

In addition to state-of-the-art learning spaces for Health Sciences programs, the new Center will allow MCCC to grow its Mustangs intercollegiate athletics program. Reintroduced in 2008, Mustangs student-athletes currently compete in men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, baseball and softball as part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Region 19.

The Center's key fitness and athletics features will include a new multi-purpose competitive gym with seating for 1,100 people; a renovated educational gym; a 7,000 square-foot fitness center; a large exercise studio; and a healthy café in a large, sky-lit atrium.

When completed in late 2016, the Health Sciences Center will also house many of MCCC's existing Health Sciences programs -- Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Phlebotomy, Medical Assisting, Health and Fitness Professional, Exercise Science and Wellness, Medical Office Assistant, and Medical Coding.

The expanded Center also enables the College to introduce several new programs in high priority occupations that will expand health care career options for students in the region. These include associate's degree programs in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Public Health; a credit certificate program in Massage Therapy; and a Specialty Certificate in Expanded Function Dental Assistant.

- By Bob Kent, Sports Information Director