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Construction Updates

The Science and Health Career Center

April 2014

The 93,000-square-foot building is substantially complete. However, an 8,000-square-foot section of the slab on grade at the west end of the structure is experiencing cracking and settlement issues. The remaining portions of the building are not affected; however, as a result of these issues, the building is not ready for occupancy.

While this will delay the Center's ribbon cutting by a few months, Oakton is relieved that the problem was identified before moving in. And the good news is that the problem is fixable! 

Over the coming months, the College will be working closely with its partners, Turner Construction and Legat Architects, to design and construct a permanent, long-term solution for the new building and bring the project to full completion. In fact, visiters may notice activity around the Center in the very near future as contractors begin preparing the slab area for future work.

One frequent question is whether correcting these cracking and settlement issues will result in extra construction costs. The short answer is yes – but Oakton and its partners are still developing the solution. As a result, costs are still unknown. However, as is the case with all major construction projects, there is a contingency budget for the project.

The College expects to move in just in time for fall classes, which begin August 25.




Facilities Master Plan Timeline

2011 to 2014
Science and Health Careers Center

2013 to 2014
Enrollment Center at Des Plaines
Student Gathering Center

2011 to 2016
Classroom Remodeling
Infrastructure Projects