February 7, 2014 || David Pollard, Pioneer Local
To keep pace with in-demand careers like nursing, the state is giving Triton College $14.5 million to fix up an old building.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced the financial investment to the college Thursday, primarily funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! capital program in an effort to create jobs in the state.
The money will transform the school’s Technology Building into the new Health and Science Building.
“These improvements will make the building more usable while creating a number of construction jobs, which will drive the local economy forward,” Quinn said in an e-mailed statement.
The existing two-story building will be completely renovated with an addition. The new 70,800 square foot Health and Science Building will have new interior partitions, new interior and exterior doors, a new heating and cooling system, and new electrical technology systems.
Triton College is funding $6.3 million of the total project cost. The construction project will be managed by Illinois Capital Development Board.
Once completed, the building will house educational programs such as nursing, surgical technology, diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine and ophthalmology. There will be classrooms for some biology and chemistry courses, and there will be a lab for students to get hands-on experience in the areas they are studying. The new building will also have collaborative learning spaces and Wi-Fi.
Board Member Donna Peluso said that the new building will help meet the demand for the school’s nursing program. “Our nursing program is one of our biggest programs,” she said.
“We’ll have new equipment and a new lab,” she said. “It’s a very exciting and needed project.”
Triton Board Member Glenn Stam said Thursday he was not aware of the money from the state until notified by the press, but said the school’s technology building could use a touch-up.
“It needs to be kept up a bit,” he said. “It needs proper and current maintenance.”
Triton’s board is set to meet Thursday night. VFP
Hats off to John Yi for bringing this story to our attention.