An enthusiastic group of students, faculty, staff, trustees and community supporters braved freezing temperatures last week to sign their names to the final beam in the construction of North Shore Community College’s 37,000-square-foot expansion.
The raising of the final beam on the 300 Broad Street addition signifies the completion of the framing of the building, just over three months after a groundbreaking was held. The building is expected to be completed at the end of this year and will provide 10 classrooms, a centralized Student Success Center, a testing center, Academic Technology space, a Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, offices and a board/community meeting room, and lots of informal congregation space for students.
NSCC President Patricia A. Gentile said, “This is an exciting milestone in the first major expansion of our Lynn campus since its opening in 1985. Our facility was designed to accommodate 1,000 students, but today over 4,000 students – about half of North Shore’s total credit enrollment students – primarily attend classes here in Lynn. We’ve been talking seriously about expansion for over 13 years and now are so grateful to see this long-awaited dream become reality.”
The addition will also feature a beautiful new entry plaza and façade to better connect the college with downtown Lynn. “This expansion gives North Shore Community College the opportunity to better serve our students, and connect with our neighborhood, our city and region, and our corporate and municipal partners even more effectively. This project isn’t simply for the college. It will offer benefits to many others who share our commitment to the City of Lynn and its bright future,” Gentile said.
Gentile noted how pleased the college is to have the opportunity to work with project contractor DeIulis Brothers Construction Company, a Lynn-based family business.
The new addition has a target opening for the 2017 spring semester. “NSCC is the city of Lynn’s only institution of higher education and we embrace our role as a community resource and contributing partner. We look forward to the expanded opportunities this new facility will provide for all,” Gentile said.