( release) Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Erie Community College (ECC) President Jack Quinn are pleased to announce plans are moving forward to build a new Center of Excellence on the ECC north campus. The campus was built in 1960, and this will be the first major renovation it has seen since then, with the exception of the child care center.
Ten years ago, north campus had 4,884 students. Today, there are nearly 2,000 more students with no new building space. This new Center of Excellence at north campus is included in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s 2011 Regional Agenda.
The new academic building will be approximately 100,000 square feet. New York State is contributing 50-percent of the total project cost, which is estimated to be about $30 million. Erie County will contribute $7.5 million in capital funds for the building. A selection committee chose Kideney Architects to design the structure through a competitive process.
Erie County Executive Chris Collins said, “Erie County is losing many of its community college students from the north towns to Niagara County Community College and other neighboring community colleges. This shift in student population is costing the county millions of dollars a year as we have to reimburse the outside counties for the education of our community college students. To retain our students and attract students from outside communities we have to improve the programs and facilities at ECC. This new building will help us do just that.”
“I would like to thank County Executive Chris Collins for being so supportive of the college and this project,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “This kind of partnership is invaluable to ECC, and without a doubt will enrich the college experience for our students. With everyone working together- the college, Erie County, and our supportive Western New York State Legislative Delegation, we can and will get this project done. The new building will be a much needed boost not only to the North Campus, but to the entire college community.”
Raymond Bednarski, Kideney Vice President said, “The Kideney Architects/IKM team is delighted to be selected to design this important facility for ECC. We recognize the impact this facility will have on the students of ECC and what it represents to both the College and Erie County as a whole. We’re thankful for the opportunity to continue our relationship with ECC, and look forward to an exciting and successful project.”
ECC North has the highest enrollment of the three campuses, with 44.5-percent of the student population.