Posted: August 04, 2013
by David Lane, Union Leader
Not since it opened on Front Street in 1966 has Manchester Community College experienced so much construction activity at one time, all targeted at better preparing students for high demand careers and/or continuing their educations at four-year institutions.
An expanded state-of-the-art welding lab, new computer lab, new advanced manufacturing lab, and, the most visible to travelers on Route 293, the 27,000-square-foot student center, are all signs of a transformed campus.
The student center features a large multi-purpose room that will function both as a gym and a venue for job fairs, college transfer fairs, and other gatherings to connect the students and the college with the greater Manchester community. The center also includes new dining areas, an enlarged fitness center, a small performance area with a stage, a conference room, student government offices and gathering spaces for students to socialize, collaborate on projects, and participate in campus activities. Spaces are designed to be flexible and multi-functional, and a high tech infrastructure will support current and future student needs.
Designed by Lavallee Brensinger Architects of Manchester, the new $6 million facility links existing buildings, and adjoins 3,000 square feet of renovated space, with connections between all floors.
The college has also added a 4,000-square-foot addition to the welding lab and a new $2 million state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing lab featuring high-tech manufacturing equipment.