Memorial Hall project finally begins: Groundbreaking marks 10-year lobbying effort

Echo staff report

In what was billed as an event 10 years in the making, Rochester Community and Technical College broke ground Nov. 2 on its new Memorial Hall building.

The ceremony marks the beginning of a $23 million project funded by the passage of the 2018 bonding bill.

The project consists of three phases: construction, renovation, and demolition. The construction phase will include new offices, academic flex space and a large, versatile classroom that will occupy the two-story addition that wraps around Endicott Hall, Coffman Center, and Singley Hall on the west side of Main campus.

The existing maintenance garage and old child care center will be torn down. A new building entrance and drop-off lane will also be constructed.

In an effort to maximize space utilization amongst existing square footage, spaces in Endicott, Singley, College Center and Science and Technology buildings will see a number of upgrades and renovations including moving walls, upgrading technology, updating furniture, and making the spaces more learner-friendly.

Construction, renovation, and remodeling will begin shortly and conclude in July 2020.