COD Dedicates MAC, P.E. Center and Library

Ribbon cutting

By Brian Kleemann

Confetti rains down at the culmination of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, capping a morning that also included dedications for the Physical Education Center and the Library.

All three facilities at COD’s main campus in Glen Ellyn reopened at the beginning of January after the completion of extensive renovations, which were funded by the successful 2010 bond referendum. Click here for more photos from the event.

The MAC began major renovations in fall 2012 to update its three performance spaces, construct the new Cleve Carney Art Gallery and an outdoor patio stage, and make improvements to the infrastructure and patron service areas. The box office has been relocated to the lower lobby level, where an enlarged lobby space features a new bar and concession area that complements the Waterleaf fine dining restaurant in the Culinary & Hospitality Center, located just across the parking lot from the MAC. The Performance Hall features new seats, while the new acoustic shell and custom-designed, auto-responsive HVAC system helps to reduce exterior and extraneous interior noise. The $35 million project also includes new windows and renovated classrooms and spaces for such programs as art, graphic design and music. Click here to view a video from the event.

The most dramatic transformation in the Physical Education Center is the new two-story entrance on the south side of the building that eliminates entry confusion. The new entrance features a large lounge and concession area; a wide staircase leading up to Chaparral Fitness, the enlarged and enhanced community fitness center; and direct access into the arena and the new varsity athletic addition, which includes men’s and women’s locker rooms, a strength lab and a training room. Click here to watch video of the P.E. Center ribbon cutting.

The main Library level includes a reconfigured Reference Desk and a seating area that runs along the north window wall. The upper level now features two new entrances – one from the south staircase of the Student Resource Center and one connecting with the Academic Computing Center. Also featured are six classrooms in which librarians can teach research and information literacy skills, as well as student spaces that range from all-quiet zones to group study rooms outfitted with technology. Click here to watch video of the Library ribbon cutting.

Anne Craig, director of the Illinois State Library, whose parents taught in the College’s Library and Information Technology program, praised the renovation for a facility that is a leader among educational libraries.

“College of DuPage has the distinction of being the largest community college in the state of Illinois with the largest collection of academic resources,” she said. “This renovation and construction ensures that your library continues to grow with the needs of the community.”