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Champlain College consolidates services at Lakeside Avenue in Burlington

first_imgChamplain College,Champlain College has consolidated eight of its administrative departments under one roof at a new building located at 175 Lakeside Ave. Departments began moving into the new open office space in early February.The new three-story facility, built by REM Development of Williston, offers 36,000 square-feet of office, meeting and classroom space bringing together employees from the College’s Continuing Professional Studies, Human Resources, Campus Planning, Finance, Marketing, CRM and Graduate Admissions, Information Systems and a new Digital Forensics student lab. The Emergent Media Center, currently located at the Champlain Mill in Winooski, is slated to move to Lakeside later this year.”Our new administrative building will house more than 70 employees on the first two floors and will provide more than 270 parking spaces for staff and faculty,” explained David Provost, Champlain’s senior vice president. The move consolidates departments formerly housed at 212 Battery St. and in various buildings on campus.”The vision of this project was to create a collaborative and flexible space for more than 40 percent of our administrative staff. That vision has been realized by the completion of an open office environment that encourages dialogue and colleague collaboration,” he said.The core of the Lakeside building provides numerous closed meeting spaces ranging from private working cabins, to 10-person meeting rooms. In addition on the first floor, there are two seminar rooms for 18 people that can be converted into one large classroom for 36.The third floor of the building is currently unoccupied and will be used in the future to accommodate expansion and new programs at the College. The building was designed by Gardner Kilcoyne Architects of Winooski, Vt.Lakeside also serves as the main hub for shuttles to campus, with a heated waiting room, a 50-seat cantina/kitchen area for special events and employee lunches and breaks. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes to and from campus for staff, faculty and students who park off- campus. Security for the area, including the adjacent Gilbane parking lot used by students, has also been increased.”Providing additional off-campus parking will help ease the effect of vehicle traffic on the streets surrounding the campus and will address one of the major master plan objectives to reduce parking and cars on the Champlain College main campus,” he noted. “It is a major step forward toward our goal of a car-free campus.”The four-acre site was purchased in 2009 for $1.5 million and the total project came in at $5.5 million according to Provost. “The construction budget came in at about $100 per square foot and was completed in a third of the time it usually takes us to build a building thanks to the accelerated building schedule by Bobby Miller and his REM crews. Mr. Miller’s commitment to the College and willingness to build this building at his cost is a gift that we will forever be grateful for.””To put it into perspective,” he noted, “Champlain’s new Roger H. Perry Hall Welcome Center’s construction budget was $400 a square foot. That project, completed this past summer is located in the heart of the campus and involved extensive historical preservation and extensive energy conservation practices.”Champlain has a fiscal responsibility to carefully manage its investments, Provost said, “We were looking for ways to be frugal with the Lakeside Avenue building without shortchanging our employees, but with an overall goal of keeping our costs affordable,” Provost said.New Home for Continuing Professional StudiesThe new Lakeside building will have a major impact on the Champlain College Continuing Professional Studies programs, making it easier for prospective and current students to meet with admissions and service staff and to have the on-site facilities to meet for seminars and training sessions delivered through the Workforce Development Center.The Lakeside building, located across from the former General Dynamics facility, is located on the Pine Street CCTA bus line, offering easier access to the building along with ample parking for visitors.Champlain College has offered online courses for 20 years, and the Division of Continuing Professional Studies (CPS) now offers 30 degree and professional certificate programs entirely online to more than 700 students every semester.Additionally, recognizing that adult students are different than traditional aged undergraduate students, CPS includes an admissions staff as well as a student services staff who understand that the work/life/school balance can be elusive, and a student’s success can be directly impacted by how well those balance challenges work out.The new location in the South End of Burlington fits into the role Champlain College has played with the annual South End Art Hop sponsored by the South End Arts and Business Association. Officials expect to be able to use the new space for art exhibits and special events related to the fall arts weekend.The Lakeside facility offers a full range of flexible space, Provost noted, allowing the College to adapt to changing needs quickly and to free up classroom space on the main campus.ABOUT CHAMPLAIN COLLEGESince 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain’s distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with eight master’s degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain was named a “Top-Up-and-Coming School” by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges. It is also ranked in the top tier of 2011 Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report.www.champlain.edu(link is external).last_img

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