Winter 2008 |
Creating a learning environment that results in successful experiences for
students is one of MCC´s highest priorities, and with the changes in
technology, our community and the needs of students and industry, that
learning environment must adapt and grow to continue to provide these
experiences. Currently, projects are underway or recently completed at four
Gallery of Art and Design
Students, employees, faculty and art lovers attended the opening of
MCC´s Gallery of Art and Design at the Elkhorn Valley Campus on
Oct. 30, the 1,000 square foot gallery space with Intervals, a free show
featuring the work of MCC´s adjunct Visual Arts faculty.
"This gallery will enhance all of our art, photography, electronic
media and design classes as students will have the chance to view professional
work and gain insight into technique, inspiration, the creative process and
how an artist, photographer, animator, filmmaker or designer communicates a
message through his or her work," said Tom McDonnell, dean of Languages
and Visual Arts.
"The works displayed in the gallery have the potential to enhance
curriculum in other classes as forms of pop culture, social/political
commentary and much more. A science class, for example, could look at the end
result of kiln-fired pottery and discuss the chemical reactions taking place to
bring about the color and finish of the pieces."
Galley of Art and Design shows for the remainder of the 2008-09 academic
Dec. 1–22; opening reception Dec. 4
Jan. 3–24; opening reception Jan. 8
Jan. 25–Feb. 14; opening reception Jan. 29
Feb.15–March 12; opening reception Feb. 19
Admission to the gallery is free, and hours of operation follow the Elkhorn
Valley Campus hours.
Institute for the Culinary Arts & Alumni Conference Center
The Institute for Culinary Arts & Alumni Conference Center is under full
construction at the Fort Omaha Campus. The project is moving along, and
exterior foundation walls are finished. Steel erection is underway, and
approximately 98 percent of the columns and beams are already installed.
Structural studs are completed on the west side of the building, and sheeting
is beginning to be installed. Both north and south have structural stud
installation begun. Steel roof decking began just before Thanksgiving.
Natural gas is being installed now, and all other utilities are already in
the building. The underground electrical and plumbing is 90 percent completed
on the first floor in preparation for concrete floor installation. The second
floor concrete deck is about 50 percent complete.
The building equipment enclosure has been bricked and is awaiting fencing
and gates. All new road beds around the new building are poured and tied
together, including the curbing. It is probable that temporary winter
enclosures will have to be erected to continue construction operations
through the winter as work continues for a scheduled opening in late fall
South Omaha Campus Mahoney Building and Maintenance Building
Renovations continue at the Mahoney Building on the South Omaha Campus.
Named after Nebraska state legislator Eugene T. Mahoney, the building opened
in 1978 and was the first building on the campus.
D. R. Anderson Constructors Co. was the successful bidder for the
renovation of approximately 52,000 square feet of the interior of the Mahoney
Building. Most of this space was made available by the opening of the Connector
Building in fall 2007, and the complete re-roofing of the entire 118,000
quare foot building. Work has commenced on the first phase of this four phase
project, as well as the re-roofing of 118,000 square feet. Approximately 40
percent of the required work has been completed to provide centralized, modern
and well-equipped classrooms and teaching or practice laboratories for Health
and Public Services programs.
The first phase will also provide two new permanent faculty areas and a
remodeled student commons area inside the north entrance of the building. The
completion of renovations in the Mahoney Building is scheduled for fall
Lueder Construction, Inc. was the successful bidder for the new facilities
support building at the South Omaha Campus. Work commenced in the southwestern
corner of the campus with asphalt being removed, underground utilities being
extended to the new building´s site and concrete footings and wall bases
formed and poured. Structural steel and roof steel joists and framing will
Fremont Area Center
The Fremont Area Center has experienced some of the most rapid enrollment
growth of all College centers. To respond to that growth and better meet
community needs, the Center relocated to the historic former junior high
building in downtown Fremont in 2007.
After carefully renovating the first two floors of the building to honor
its past, the new Fremont Area Center opened in May 2007, offering credit and
noncredit classes including community services such as Adult Basic Education,
GED testing, Certified Nursing Assistant training and English-as-a-Second
Language instruction. Despite the recent expansion and optimized class
scheduling, instructional space shortages remain a challenge. Preliminary
plans have been developed to refurbish the vacant third floor, creating 13 new
classrooms and labs.
The new third floor space would prioritize healthcare occupation training
by adding classrooms and realistic simulation labs for emergency medical
services, long-term healthcare, medication aide and paramedic training.
Plans also address Eastern Nebraska´s burgeoning technology
infrastructure by adding a flexible use data center to offer real-world
learning opportunities for information technology students. Not only will the
Center be a vital resource to train and educate the IT workforce, it will also
reinforce local economic development efforts to recruit new high-tech
businesses to the area.