(Rochester, MN) In what was billed as an event 10 years in the making, Rochester Community and Technical College broke ground Friday morning on its new Memorial Hall building. The ceremony marks the beginning of a $23 million project funded by the passage and signing of the 2018 bonding bill. Joining the celebration and offering congratulatory messages were Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra, Senators David Senjem and Carla Nelson, and Representatives Tina Liebling, Nels Pierson, and Duane Suake.
The project consists of three phases: construction, renovation, and demolition. The construction phase will include new offices, academic flex-space, and a large, versatile classroom which will occupy the two-story addition that wraps around Endicott Hall, Coffman Center, and Singley Hall on the west side of Main campus. The existing maintenance garage and old child care center will be torn down. A new building entrance and drop-off lane will also be constructed.
In an effort to maximize space utilization amongst existing square footage, spaces in Endicott, Singley, College Center, and Science and Technology buildings will see a number of upgrades and renovations including moving walls, upgrading technology, updating furniture, and making the spaces more learner-friendly.
The entire project is expected to be completed within two years. Construction, renovation, and remodeling will begin shortly and conclude in July, 2020.
Established in 1915, RCTC is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 8,000 students a year in credit courses and nearly 3,700 in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs. RCTC combines the best in liberal arts, technical, and life-long learning with more than 70 credit-based programs and over 100 credential options. RCTC’s expansive 518-acre campus includes university partnerships, a diverse student body, and a vibrant student life program. RCTC provides a unique learning environment that offers the feel of a four-year university campus with the commitment to access and opportunity of a two-year college.
The Minnesota State system consists of 37 colleges and universities with over 16,000 employees offering nearly 4,000 educational programs to nearly 400,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system in the United States.
RCTC is a member of the Minnesota State system.
Attached photo of RCTC’s Memorial Hall Groundbreaking includes from left to right: Dan Froelich, RCTC Math Faculty; Karin Wright, RCTC Faculty President; Don Supalla, RCTC President Emeritus; Representative Tina Liebling; RCTC President, Jeffery Boyd; Minnesota State Chancellor, Devinder Malhotra; Senator David Senjem; Representative Nels Pierson; Senator Carla Nelson; Kevin Mills, RCTC Student Vice President; Representative Duane Sauke; and Ann Voda, BTR Architects.