As winter arrives, SCC dorms take shape

November 13, 2018
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A view from the east of new dorms under construction at Southeast Community College's Beatrice Campus. The dorms are expected to be ready by next fall.

Southeast Community College’s Beatrice campus continues to make progress on a new residence expected to be finished by next fall.

The dorms are starting to take shape, with three stories already erected in some parts of the building. The hope is to have the dorms enclosed before winter arrives, according to campus director Bob Morgan.

In September, progress was impeded by weeks of rain.

Several inches of rain that fell in Beatrice in early September flooded the site, with water having to be pumped out.

The $8 million hall will stand 3-stories high and be able to house up to 153 students, over 80 more than the aging Hoover Hall its set to replace.

The dorms will sit in the southwest part of campus, northwest of the Kennedy Center. A new, $3 million dining hall is also on the way and will be just south of the new residence hall. It’s expected to be ready in August 2019.

Students will have access to a meal plan - part of new effort to bring healthier meals to students, Morgan said.

Starting next year, SCC is switching from quarters to semesters. The Beatrice campus is also planning to build a new 60,000-square-foot classroom facility, estimated to cost over $21 million and set to be finished in spring of 2020.

Students will have the opportunity to choose between a single or shared apartment-style dorm at the new residence hall. Each room will have a kitchenette, with a sink, microwave and refrigerator.

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