BATAVIA – The Genesee County Legislature has agreed to spend $21.3 million as half the cost of master plan improvements at the county-sponsored Genesee Community College.
The plan, which so far has no construction timetable, calls for two new buildings and other improvements in a $42.5 million capital project to meet present and future needs of the 47-year-old institution.
The county is paid $300 per student from outside Genesee County in capital charge-backs earmarked for construction. More than half the college’s students – about 4,000 – come from outside Genesee to study at the Batavia campus or six satellites in adjoining counties.
The college’s foundation will mount a capital campaign for the local cost not covered by state aid.
The master plan was designed by an architectural firm and approved by the board of trustees two months ago. State approval is also necessary.
The master plan is a recent update on major changes that occurred in the last decade.
The college has added a student union, technology center, theater and art gallery since it moved to the present campus in the early 1970s. Its foundation has taken over student housing adjacent to the college site with nine buildings housing 389 students.
Meanwhile, the college has became a little greener this summer as students prepare to return to classes Monday.
The board of trustees at its monthly meeting learned that a number of energy conservation projects have been completed.
They include improving a chilled water system that, by removing air and particulates, will save 10 percent in energy costs; new energy-efficient LED lights; and repairs to windows with leaky seals. Still to be done is the replacement of an HVAC compressor.
Most of the work, according to President James M. Sunser in his report to the board, was done by the college’s building and grounds staff. The staff work saved rehab costs.
GCC continues to post attendance records. The just-completed summer classes showed an increase of 67 students over last year.
Another 139 will be receiving diplomas for finishing their studies in mid-term.