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Submitted by on August 13, 2009 – 7:50 pmNo Comment
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Parking spaces were added to the SFCC Lake Placid Center during a recent renovation.

Prior to the start of the fall term, renovations were completed to Building 100 at the Lake Placid Center. The renovations improved the infrastructure of the building. Electrical panels and wiring were upgraded, a fire sprinkler system was installed, and the air conditioning system was replaced. New acoustical ceilings and high efficiency lighting were installed throughout the building. An elevator was also installed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), making it possible for classes to be held on the second floor. Old flooring was replaced, and the walls were painted and refinished.

“Everything was done considering ADA compliance as well as efficiency to save on utility costs,” said Glenn Little, vice president, Administrative Services.

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What used to be a band room is now a lecture hall, equipped with a Smart podium.

Building 100 classrooms were also upgraded. The band room was converted into a lecture room with fixed seating, and some classrooms on the second floor were converted into a science lab.

“This allows us to offer lab science courses at the Lake Placid Center which we have never been able to do before,” said Dr. Kimberly Batty-Herbert, dean, Arts and Sciences. “This fall we are offering Anatomy and Physiology, which is already filled, and Introduction to Biology. The new lab makes it more convenient for our Lake Placid students who are trying to fill their prerequisite courses, especially those going into the allied health programs.”  

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A new science lab will accommodate students taking Anatomy and Physiology classes at the SFCC Lake Placid Center.

A computer lab was also added, and data wiring was installed throughout the building allowing for the use of several “Smart” podiums. A testing lab was built in the main office area.

“Technology in the classroom is an expected standard to today’s student,” Batty-Herbert said. “The technology that was added to the Lake Placid Center will be helpful to our faculty making teaching more effective and will provide our students with better resources to use during class presentations and projects.”

Other renovations included new restrooms in Building 300, an outside courtyard with picnic tables for students, and a new parking lot west of Building 400. The center was also connected to the town of Lake Placid’s sewer system.

“These upgrades provide the same level of facility for all of our students, not just those who attend our newer campuses,” Little said. “We are very proud of it.”

Renovations to Building 200 will begin in the fall with plans to improve the air conditioning system, ceiling, and painting.The former band room in Building 100 was converted into a lecture room with fixed seating, a “Smart” podium, new walls, and an acoustical ceiling.

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