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Joliet Junior College moving ahead with construction projects

A groundbreaking was held Aug. 25 for JJC Events Center, formerly known as Multipurpose Facility.
A groundbreaking was held Aug. 25 for JJC Events Center, formerly known as Multipurpose Facility.

JOLIET – Substantial work is being completed for major building projects at Joliet Junior College, with some projects ahead of schedule. 

JJC staff and contractors working for the college are moving along on work for the City Center campus building and Renaissance Center in downtown Joliet, as well as the expansion to the Romeoville campus and the new JJC Events Center.  

The work done with the JJC Events Center – previously known as the Multipurpose Facility – is within budget and ahead of schedule, Richard Lyman, JJC construction and facility planning manager, said at last week’s Buildings and Grounds Board Committee meeting. 

“Our mild winter really put us ahead,” he said.

The JJC Events Center, a two-level building at the main campus, will have athletic competition space, conditioning space and athletic staff offices. An indoor track was included in the original plans for the building, but not in the final version.

The building had its groundbreaking last August and substantial completion of its construction is slated for April 2017, according to a presentation at last week's committee meeting.

Some of the work that has been completed include structural steel, concrete stoops, metal decking and interior masonry walls. Roof work and the sprinkler system is being installed. 

Interior work is still being completed for City Center building first, second, third, fourth, fifth and six floors. The work that is in progress includes overhead plumbing, wall framing, ceramic tile in restrooms and painting. 

JJC staff is also at work renovating the Renaissance Center. Lyman said to trustees the project is within budget and has three phases of substantial completion, slated for November, March 2017 and July 2017, respectively. 

He said phase one will involve work everywhere at the Renaissance Center except for the men’s bathroom, which will be turned into a bathroom for men and women in phase two. Phase three is demolition of the hotel at the center.

The JJC Board of Trustees approved in March having third-party management for the center but have not decided which company. 

The Romeoville campus expansion is ahead of schedule, Lyman said. Like the JJC Events Center, substantial completion of the expansion is slated for April 2017.

The campus expansion had its groundbreaking last September. JJC officials said the campus is being expanded to accommodate growing student enrollment, which they said at the time of the groundbreaking has grown 45 percent within the past 10 years. 

He said steel decking for the roof and floors for the expansion is complete, as well as parking lot stone and curb work. Crews are working on other projects, such as metal stud framing at interior walls and roofing work. 

• Clarification: The original version of this story stated the JJC Events Center would feature an indoor track. While the original plans included an indoor track, it was not part of the final plans.

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