The newly built Whitney Academic Center that provides a grand entry to the community college in Sheridan was greatly needed, according to Sheridan College President Dr. Paul Young.
He said the original Whitney building is over half a century old, so the new added-on atrium allowed for them to replace many of the outdated infrastructure systems, which will, in turn, keep the original building going much longer.
With the atrium now in place, he said, along with more classroom space, the college now has a clearly marked entrance to the campus and a central office for academic services.
And now that the entry is finished, he said they're concentrating on the reconstruction of the Thorne-Rider campus center, which is scheduled to be done by spring. The project includes a remodel of the current student commons, which is a 16,000-square-foot space, and a newly constructed area of about the same size.
The doubled size should, according to the president, provide space to meet students' needs, now, and in the future. Currently, the college has a student population of 2,500 at the Sheridan campus center.