Tompkins College Center to undergo major renovations in Spring 2018
Beginning in January of 2018, the Tompkins College Center (TCC) will see the first stage of its 3 million-dollar renovation plans. The TCC is one of the main buildings on campus with the most community traffic between its three levels.
Financial Officer and Treasurer Audra Kahr expressed excitement about making the TCC a more accessible and effective space for students.
“We’ve actually been working on this for two years. We surveyed students and asked them what they wanted out of the TCC,” she said. “One request we heard most was that many wished Canova Commons didn’t close so much for special events.”
Some of the Performing Arts Department offices currently reside in the hall across from Canova Commons on the third level of the TCC. These offices will be taken out and moved to the first floor of TCC and a smaller event space similar to Canova will take their place.
“Any special event of 150 people or less will go into this space while Canova will remain open for students,” she said. “It will have the same atmosphere as well as same look of Cannova Commons now.”
Phase one of the project will be the first floor Garden Level of the TCC and is set to start in January. The footprint of the bookstore will be cut in half, and offices and a conference room for the Performing Arts Department will be built on the other side of a diving wall. The old post office will be removed during this process.
“Since TCC was built, our offices have always been up here on the third floor,” said Roxanne Amico, Chair of the Performing Arts Department. “But it’s exciting to see change that will benefit the greater school community.”
In addition, the Commuter’s Lounge located on the Garden Level will get new furniture as well as television monitors similar to the ones in the Cressman Library where student can connect laptops. The Student Activities Board (SAB) and the Student Government Association (SGA) office will convert into a bigger conference room for the organizations to use.
This first stage of the project is estimated to be complete in April or May of 2018. Offices such as Andrea Barker’s, Director of First and Second Year Experience, will be moved as well, but the location has yet to be determined.
During the entire renovations process, students will still have access to all parts of TCC that they regularly use such as the stairwells and various entrances to the building. The Bookstore will also remain open during this process.
Phase two, the renovations to Samuels Theater and third level, is set to begin during the summer and are estimated to be complete for students’ return in fall of 2018. There will be a grand opening of Samuels Theater in October 2018 during Fall Family Weekend.
Kimberly Sherr, the new Director of Facilities Management, is overseeing the TCC renovations. She and her team are responsible are maintaining the college grounds, the buildings and the campus in its entirety.
As an alumnae of the Lifelong Learning Program at Cedar Crest, Sherr was excited to come back and be a part of the campus once more.
“This is a really exciting time for the campus because there are a lot of projects happening and ones in the works,” she said. “That tells me there’s growth here at Cedar Crest.”
Future projects Sherr and her team will tackle are renovations during the summer of 2018 to Moore Halls lobby areas and new bathrooms as well as furniture in Steinbright Hall.
“TCC is the hub of this campus, so phase one will be just the beginning of the great things happening to the building,” she said. “It will really create new opportunities for the college in the years to come.”