Groundbreaking marks start of 60th anniversary for College

From Staff Reports

Administrators, contractors, and donors participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming student center in May.
Administrators, contractors, and donors participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming student center in May.

Daytona State College broke ground May 4 for its new Student Center/Workforce Transition building that will embody a design and function for modern-era higher education.

The morning event was attended by hundreds of excited students, faculty and staff, including DSC President Tom LoBasso and members of the College’s Board of Trustees, who donned hard hats and took shovels in hand to mark the ceremony. It also ushered in festivities and innovations planned for the College’s upcoming 60th anniversary year, the highlight of which will be an October Homecoming series of activities.

“We’re thrilled to get this facility underway,” said LoBasso, noting his appreciation for legislative support for the $32.6 million project. “Students will gravitate to this building, which will become the focal point of the campus and an iconic structure on International Speedway Boulevard. It will be a center for student engagement with peers, faculty and college personnel, which research shows is key to academic success and degree completion.”

The building’s exterior will feature a coquina façade and bronze portal marking the building’s southeast entrance. A three-story structure, it will be built using green construction principles that are resource-efficient and environmentally responsible. In addition to academic support services that include the library and Writing Center, the 84,000-square-foot facility will serve as a hub for the Daytona State student-life experience, featuring classrooms, a large events center, conference rooms, offices for student clubs, game room, study commons, cafeteria and coffee lounge, and an outdoor dining area.
The Student Center/Workforce Transition building is expected to be completed in spring 2019, with webcam construction viewing available daily. The building is being designed by New Jersey-based ikon.5 architects, Princeton, N.J. The construction manager for the project is Perry-McCall Construction Inc., Jacksonville.