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Seminole State BOT approves design for new Student Services Center

The Student Services Center planned for the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus will support Seminole State's vision of being a student-centered college by serving as a one-stop facility for student services and student life. Renderings courtesy: Song + Associates Inc.

The Seminole State College of Florida District Board of Trustees on Monday, Jan. 25, unanimously approved the conceptual design for a new Student Services Center at the College's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

The design concept, which was presented by project architect Song + Associates Inc., shows a brick and glass structure that will be energy efficient, environmentally sustainable and filled with natural light, highlighting the center's barrier-free design. There also will be Wi-Fi and smart technology throughout. 

The two-story, 77,000-square-foot building will be situated north of the center of the pond next to the campus's Wayne M. Densch Partnership Center and will support Seminole State's vision of being a student-centered college by serving as a one-stop facility for student services and student life. It will include lounge spaces, a cyber café, game room, meeting and dining areas, a food court, and a Barnes & Noble bookstore and coffee shop.

"The building serves to unite the east and west sides of the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus and forms an inviting 'front door' to the campus," said John Quattrone, vice president of Song + Associates. "It will truly create a student-centered 'home on campus' where every student will feel they belong."

The ground floor will feature a reception area and seating in the main lobby. The Student Services areas will include Financial Aid and Scholarships, the Career Development Center, Academic Advising and Counseling, Disability Support Services, and Student Accounting and Cashiering Services. The ground-floor design also includes an exterior sun terrace facing the pond.

A suite for the Office of Student Life and intake services, such as Admissions and Recruitment, Enrollment Services and Registrar, and Assessment and Testing, will be housed on the second floor. A balcony with a water view will be a highlight of the second-floor design.

The $24 million project was first funded with $250,000 for planning in Florida's 2009-10 budget. An additional $11.5 million was approved in the 2015-16 budget. The College has requested $12.7 million in State Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funding for 2016-17.

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for April, and the center could be ready to open as early as fall 2017.

About Seminole State College of Florida: Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 90,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit seminolestate.edu, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/seminolestate and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.

The design concept for the Student Services Center main lobby includes a reception area and seating. There also will be Wi-Fi and smart technology throughout the center.

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