Mid-Plains Community College undergoes renovations

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Most of the students may be gone for summer break, but the activity hasn't stopped at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.

Construction crews began ripping out the fireplace area in the McDonald-Belton Building this week to update and modernize the area. That is one part of a series of renovation projects that will continue throughout the summer months.

"Student and staff benefit is actually the goal said Vice President of Administrative Services, Mike Steele, "It also improves the learning environment for the students because along with these changes it puts all the resources the students need from tutoring to library services to testing services to just a place to sit down and hang out."

From mid-May to mid-August, the north entrances to the McDonald-Belton Building will remain closed. Events to be held in the theater area can be accessed by using the south doors.

"So the fireplace area is kind of a it’s going to be kind of a better lounge and this summer we want to enhance that space as just a place for students to just hang out and chill we’ve seen some different student groups use it for study hall space so we want to enhance that space as a welcome space," said Steele.

On the other side of the building, the library has been gutted. They are combining the Library and the Student Success Center into a unified 'Learning Commons' where there will be a more modern look and feel to the space, giving students everything they need in there from books, study areas and testing centers.

"It's going to greatly enhance the learning environment of the students and provide them with everything that they should need to be successful," said Steele.

Every building on North Platte's North Campus will be closed from June 9-15 and the W.W. Wood Building, will remain closed until July 1 for the electrical equipment in the building to be replaced as the existing infrastructure was installed in the 1970s.