OCC Orchard Ridge approves $6.2 million renovation

One year from now, Oakland County Community College Orchard Ridge Campus’ J Building is projected to be at the halfway mark in a $6.2 million repair and renovation project.

The restoration will address interior issues and waterproof the concrete plaza surrounding J Building, also called Tirrell Hall or the Student Center. While water leakage hasn’t become a major problem in throughout the structure yet, the restoration is intended to prevent the issue from worsening.  The work on the interior will focus on renovation of study spaces and classrooms as well as improvements to the bookstore and cafeteria.

“It’s actually the largest building in the entire college,” said Orchard Ridge President Jacqueline Shadko.

Funding for the project comes from 0.8-mills tax approved by county voters in 2010 which directs the resulting funds toward building restoration, technology upgrades, scholarships and new academic program development.

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“If the timeline goes according to plan, construction will overlap the end of the winter semester, the summer semester and the always big fall semester.

‘It will be a disruption, and we have a communications plan set up,’ Shadko said, to alert those on campus about what areas to avoid during the project’s phases. The college’s website,www.oaklandcc.edu, will spread the word about what areas members of the public who come to the college for activities should avoid.”

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