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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 repurposes the existing, 40,000sf, Van Lare Hall to accommodate ACC’s enhanced Nursing program. The new Center for Health Science and Student Success will offer:

– 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

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 will experience a complete restoration of its exterior concrete block, as well as aesthetic improvements to its overall appearance. The project will include 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 will be contained in a separate addition of approximately 2,000sf, which will occur on the south side of Van Lare Hall.

Infrastructure improvements will include replacement of existing steam boilers with a high-efficiency heating system (geothermal, forced air, or 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.