College OKs student center expansion



December 14, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Allen Community College will soon welcome the largest architectural upgrade and building renovation project its Iola campus has seen since its creation nearly 50 years ago.

And it will do so without raising tuition on students and without appealing to the community for a bond referendum.

The board of trustees voted Tuesday night to approve funding for the $6 million project, which, in reshaping the building’s north-easterly facade, will give the college a brand-new, 4,000-square-foot sunlit commons area, two spacious game rooms, a new bookstore, a new mailroom and new IT room, a new campus services area, a suite of sound-proof study rooms, a remodeled kitchen and cafeteria, a refurbished boardroom and conference room, a new shipping area, and a canopied entryway spanning the length and width of a furnished, lanai-style patio. And much else besides.

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