Oakland Community College plans $5.2M in upgrades

More improvements are coming to Oakland Community College after its Board of Trustees approved $5.19 million in renovations to its Auburn Hills, Orchard Ridge, and Royal Oak campuses. 

The Auburn Hills campus is getting the lion’s share of improvements, including replacing $4.8 million worth of 40-year-old boilers and other equipment. It will also spend almost $170,000 to repair the roof of Building A and make Building F compatible with the Americans with the Disabilities Act.

“We’re dealing with 30-40-year-old systems that were built in a different era,” says George Cartsonis, director of college communications for Oakland Community College. “They have reached the end of their lifetimes.”

The Orchard Ridge Campus will spend $185,000 to catch up on deferred maintenance and repairing its sanitary sewer. The Royal Oak campus will get $91,000 in upgrades to its Lila Jones Johnson Theater.

Oakland County voters in 2001 approved a 0.8-mill property tax to pay for these projects.

Source: George Cartsonis, director of college communications for Oakland Community College
Writer: Jon Zemke