In the largest project on its Cranford campus in nearly 20 years, Union County College will spend at least $14 million to construct a student services center, renovate one of the oldest buildings on campus and create a new front entrance.
College officials say they will break ground in mid-2014 for a 30,000-square-foot two-story building that will connect to the Nomahegan building and cover part of the courtyard in front of the MacKay Library, just off Springfield Avenue.
On the first floor will be offices for admissions, registration, financial aid, accounts and counseling in what is being called a “one-stop” central location for student services.
“A key goal of the Student Services building will be to set up our students for success from the moment they first step onto our campus,” college President Margaret McMenamin said.
The second floor will house classrooms and faculty offices.
Inside the Nomahegan building, part of which dates back to 1959, the college will renovate 6,000 square feet of space that’s now used for counseling services.
Slated to open for the fall semester in 2015, the project will include a new entrance to campus in front of the student services building, facing Springfield Avenue.
This is the largest construction project on the Cranford since 1995, when the Campus Center Pavilion was completed.