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Columbia College gets new Gensler-designed student center


For the first time in 127 years Columbia College students will get a designated student center, the college announced Tuesday.

After a year of planning and input from students, the plans are finalized and a ground breaking ceremony is scheduled for October 2017.

Gensler was selected to design the distinctive five-story building with a glass exterior. The 114,000-square-foot facility which will serve as a hub for more than 8,000 students. The flexible space will be used for everything from dance studios to analog and digital maker labs to an 800-person event space.

The building was scheduled to be complete in late 2018.