SCC Beatrice makes progress on new residence hall

September 25, 2018

BEATRICE — Despite a soggy September, Southeast Community College’s Beatrice campus is making progress on a new residence hall set to be ready by next fall.

Work on the new dorms is still in the early stages, with a basement dug out and concrete footings poured.

“The rain has slowed us down a bit, but all indications from our contractors show we’re on track for July or June,” campus director Bob Morgan said.

The several inches of rain in early September flooded the site, with water having to be pumped out. The desire is to get the building enclosed before winter arrives, Morgan said.

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

“It was, plain and simple, in its last year of existence,” Morgan said. “It’s dated. It’s not what students want.”

The dorms will sit in the southwest part of campus, northwest of the Kennedy Center. A $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 a new effort to bring healthier meals to students, Morgan said.

Resident life manager Lacey Jurgens said the construction is part of broader change sweeping the campus.

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

“It’s a great opportunity for growth,” Jurgens said. “There’s going to be more study areas, recreational areas, a cafeteria.”

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.

In all, SCC Beatrice has four dorm facilities, but Jurgens said the new residence hall will give the college a more campus-like feel.

“It’ll be a new look, a new feel for students wanting that campus opportunity in a smaller town,” she said.

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