Special to In Motion
Daytona State is betting 300 parking spaces that in 2019 — when the new three-story Student Center/Workforce Transition Center opens — the pain will pay off.
The new building, the first since the unveiling of the Mori Hosseini Center in August 2007, will include a study area, writing center, work transition services, a cafe, a home for DSC’s many student organizations and much more.
Daytona State College President, Tom LoBasso, says that the student center will bring about a great deal of improvements to the campus.
“It will have a tremendous positive impact. The dining area, library, game room, and student center will all be in the new building along with other areas and services as well. This will make it convenient for students and create a center to bring students and staff together.”
Obviously thrilled about the new building, LoBasso said the total for the coquina rock and bronze structure will cost around $39 million. “It will be the iconic centerpiece for the campus.”
Some may wonder why, it seems, all of a sudden this new facility is going up slowly but surely.
“One, the current student center is 50 years old. We are outgrowing the old space and need a more modern facility. Two, studies show that if students are more engaged on campus, they will perform better in their academics, which is exactly what we are striving for,” President LoBasso explained.
The current Lenholdt Student Center located in building 130. It will be renovated and become the new Center for Women and Men. As for the current Library, it is undecided on whether or that building will be torn down completely or used for other purposes. Concerns for parking will be soon relieved when building 220, the old Theatre Center building, is torn down to create space for an additional parking lot. According to LoBasso, there won’t be many new job openings due to all the construction, but if the demand becomes greater, some support staff might be needed.
Senior Facilities Planner Steve Selig spent time teaming up with other members of the facility planning, marketing and construction teams.
“I think it’s a wonderful thing, It will be useful for students to see what the campus has to offer. Students will be drawn to the campus more than ever,” he promised.
Selig says even though he is unsure of the exact plans for opening day, he knows that the Marketing Director, Laurie White, has something big planned for those who attend. Selig is positive that the different services that will be provided will open up the area more and display a different aspect of the campus itself.
Students will have more access to information concerning career paths, job placement and internships. The goal is to create a place where students can feel more comfortable and prepared for the transition from college to the workforce, as well as giving them a space to congregate.
As the staff of Daytona State College and Perry McCall Construction Inc. in Jacksonville, Fla continuously collaborate on the development of the building, continuing and incoming students are looking forward to being a part of something huge for the College.
They expect student life will come to a turnaround, as well as staff. With high hopes of putting this community State College on a new, higher level, students and staff are excited about what the outcome will be. As for parking, in an informal poll taken by In Motion, no students were complaining. All interviewed said the pain of current parking will be well worth the pleasure they get from their new, state-of-the-art center.