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Rowan College at Burlington County releases a virtual tour and approves builder for the future Student Success Center.

Student Success Center exterior

Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) debuted a virtual tour of the planned Student Success Center on Tuesday as the Board of Trustees approved a contract with a construction firm to build the facility scheduled to open in fall 2017.

The board approved a contract with Terminal Construction Corporation of Wood-Ridge, which submitted the lowest bid at $25.4 million to construct the 78,000 square-foot building. The contract also includes the completion of the College Circle loop and a new parking lot that will hold about 320 cars. Construction is expected to begin next month.

“In about one year, we will have a stunning centerpiece welcoming students and the community to Rowan College at Burlington County,” RCBC President Paul Drayton said. “There’s no need to wait another minute to see what our campus will look like. I invite everyone to view this virtual tour and step inside the future of Rowan College at Burlington County, and the future of higher education in the 21st century.”

The video was created by USA Architects, which designed the center along with Moody Nolan, with audio added by RCBC that includes narration by Student Government Association President Christina Cover, of Mount Laurel.

“It is so exciting to see exactly how the Student Success Center will bring the campus together by providing a single place for students to receive all the great services they need,” Cover said. “Students will want to spend more time on campus once this center arrives whether to study, grab a bit to eat or just relax between classes.”

Created as a satellite campus in 1995, Mount Laurel is now the college’s main campus as it transitions out of Pemberton – its original home for half a century. To accommodate the move, the college is converting underutilized space into office and classrooms, and needed a new building to for student services, dining, library and bookstore spaces.

“The Student Success Center is a beautiful addition to our county that the entire community can be proud of,” said Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien. “As a Rowan College at Burlington County alumna, I am especially proud of the dramatic improvements at RCBC, such as the Rowan University partnership, and encourage other alumni and community leaders to connect with the RCBC Foundation to support these wonderful initiatives so that even more of our residents may enjoy their benefits.”

The physical transformation of the campus has already begun with Student Services and the bookstore moving to a temporary location in Evans Hall until the new building is complete. Renovations are underway at every other building on campus to accommodate more students, faculty and staff by converting underutilized space into offices or classrooms.

“This marks an important milestone in our goal of transforming Rowan College at Burlington County into the nation’s leading model of affordable and high-quality higher education,” Board Chair George Nyikita said. “The board is very excited about this transformation and we look forward to seeing the difference it will make in students’ lives.”

To learn more about the campus transformation, please visit www.rcbc.edu/campus-transformation. To make a charitable donation in support of the Student Success Center, please contact RCBC Foundation Executive Director Anika Ragins-Riley at araginsriley@rcbc.edu or 856-291-4224.