“Grand Concourse Reveal Day” and Ribbon Cutting Celebration—Wed., April 24

After a year and a half of planning and eight months of construction, Glen Oaks Community College invites the public to join in celebrating the “Reveal of the new Grand Concourse,” on Wednesday, April 24.

The day will kick off in the morning with a live broadcast featuring Swick Broadcasting Company’s WBET morning show radio personality Mike Stiles from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Coffee will be provided by the Campus Activities Board and the college will provide pastries.

Students on campus that day will also be treated to lunch featuring Tater Tot/French Fry boats to showcase some of the new menu options now available through the GO Café.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the college will host a communitywide reception with business leaders and legislators in attendance. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:15 p.m.

“All are encouraged to attend and see the splendid new space,” said Dr. David Devier, Glen Oaks president. “The concourse serves as our ‘student union.’  And the need for this project has increased, as a result of our on-campus housing, for us to be able to provide more activities for our students. Our goal has been all along to transform the 50-year old 1960’s brutalist architecture on the concourse into an inviting, contemporary student and community gathering space.”

“As part of the project, you will see more wood and glass incorporated into the facility, and sound-absorbing wave panels with accent lighting in the ceiling to help reduce noise levels,” said Devier.  Features include a modern-day grand staircase with glass panels and wooden handrails.

A new 100-seat dining area with a stage has been constructed on the east side of the concourse which includes a brand new kitchen featuring deep fryers, grills and a pizza oven. The GO Café will continue to operate the food service at the college.

Three meeting rooms are now available for student and community use on the west side of the concourse. A new computer gaming space will accompany the college’s ping-pong and pool tables in a recreation zone, and the area will include seating that incorporates electricity to support today’s technology devices as well as wide band Wi-Fi.

The restrooms at the south end of the concourse have been completely renovated as well.

A second project, the Flora Kirsch Beck Art Gallery has been constructed in the north end of the space and will open at the same time. Kirsch Beck was an avid artist and member of the Sturgis Community and served on the Glen Oaks Foundation board. Featured works from the second-year art students will be on display during the event.

The college took out a 30-year, 3.385 percent, US Department of Agriculture loan to help fund the $2.2 million project. Frederick Construction, of Vicksburg, Michigan, is the general contractor overseeing the project. Arkos Design, of Mishawaka, Indiana, is the architect.