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Alpena, Michigan

Alpena Community College Center for Health Science and Student Success

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Cornerstone Architects


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This project repurposed the existing, 40,000sf, Van Lare Hall to accommodate ACC’s enhanced Nursing program. The new Center for Health Science and Student Success offers State-of-the-art simulation technology Centralized critical student support services Foundation-Alumni community gathering space overlooking the Thunder Bay River Seven multipurpose classrooms Smart rooms and updated technology throughout the building

Infrastructure improvements included replacement of existing steam boilers with a high-efficiency heating system (both forced air and hot water) and removal of existing steam boiler piping; the addition of air conditioning; an update of windows and doors (as required) for energy efficiency and updated aesthetics; as well as updated signage.

For more than 60 years, Van Lare Hall has served as a central piece of ACC’s legacy. Considered a solid, functional building that has served as the focal point of higher education in Northeast Lower Michigan, the facility experienced a complete restoration of its exterior concrete block, as well as aesthetic improvements to its overall appearance. The project also included an updated front entrance and a new, 1,800sf lecture hall overlooking the river on the building’s east end. Likewise, the new community gathering and student collaboration spaces addition of approximately 2,000sf, occurred on the south side of Van Lare Hall.