College of DuPage Board looks at cost for proposed classroom building

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The College of DuPage Board is looking at the funding it will take to make a new classroom building on campus a reality.

It may take as much as $53 million to construct the new Teaching and Learning Facility.

The college has already set aside $33 million for the facility, with the other $20 million coming from the state.

COD Senior Vice President and Treasurer Tom Glaser indicated the $53 million price tag was the highest estimate and that the actual cost could be lower.

Board member Kathy Hamilton noted the budget estimated stagnant enrollment growth at the same time the college is counting on enrollment growth to make the new facility profitable.

“We want to make sure we are doing our due diligence,” she said.

Board member Kim Savage agreed, asking if the administration could come up with some projections on enrollment figures for public schools in COD District 502.

“We have a responsibility to the community to make our decisions based on input,” she said.

Daniel Lloyd, dean of liberal arts, said the new building is needed.

“We find ourselves teaching English and speech classes in biology labs,” he said.

Donna Stewart, dean of business and technology, spoke of the need for appropriate facilities for tech students, saying “we’re bursting at the seams at those peak hours.”

No formal timetable is set for the board’s vote on going forward with the Teaching and Learning Facility, but a vote is likely by late summer or early fall, some college officials said.

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