Volume 3, Number 9 - February 6, 2013

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AKEEM BRUNSON/ THE REPORTER Breaking Ground: MDC Hialeah Campus undergoes a major transformation; the construction of a modern-style building and five-floor parking garage is to be completed by Spring 2014.

Hialeah Campus Set To Expand

By Akeem Brunson

The Hialeah Campus is adding a new four-floor building and a five-story parking garage, according to Ana María Bradley-Hess, Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at the campus.

The construction is slated to be completed by spring of 2014.

“We’re not only talking about creating a new building and a new parking garage but transforming the campus and the community,” Bradley-Hess said.

The four-floor building, which will be located west of the main building, will have additional classroom space, including the campuses first-ever  Biology and Chemistry labs.

The new parking garage will house a community meeting room and art gallery on the first floor and add more than 1,000 parking spaces to the campus.

Bradley-Hess said the remodeling will  open up the campus providing  more green space for the campuses 17,000 students.

A feature of the new remodeling will be a new staircase that will sit between the main building and  new building leading up toward a center area  that will be known as the Student Commons.

Transformations like this don't come without setbacks. Since the start of the spring semester, students, faculty and staff have not been allowed to park on campus because of the ongoing construction. Parking is provided at the Westland Mall and at El Dorado furniture store.   

The College provides a shuttle that transports  students, staff and faculty to the parking. The shuttles  run in 10-to-15 minute intervals.

“At the moment it’s a big inconvenience,” said Nicolas Brea a computer information’s system major. “We have to cross a huge intersection and the buses they have take too long.  It’s a pretty big inconvenience but I’m glad we’ll have plenty of parking spaces when it’s completed.”

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