Student center

TCCS begins planning for a 7C-wide student center

Students pose at September’s “Back to Your Future” event while answering surveys about what should be included in a potential 7C student center. (Courtesy of Claremont College Services)

Claremont Colleges Services is planning a consortium-wide student center and is seeking feedback from community members as the process unfolds.

Representatives from TCCS and its consultant for the project, architectural firm Ayers Saint Gross, were on campus this week to hear from students, faculty and staff through a series of open workshops and discussion groups.

“The new TCC Student Center is being developed under the direction of TCCS and will serve as the new hub for on-campus student activities and provide a central location for some of TCCS student services,” a press release said. of the TCCS. “The Future Student Center is intended to be a new type of building on campus – a forward-thinking building that meets the diverse needs of students in innovative ways and creates a welcoming home for all.”

In locations around the 7Cs, community members had the opportunity on Tuesday to voice their priorities for the interior and exterior spaces of the concept building and the resources it contains, including potential creative space. The consortium sees topics such as “health and well-being, student organizations, spiritual and cultural resources, affinity groups, collaboration and learning outside the classroom” as potential areas for the center, according to the statement.

In a similar workshop last month at TCCS’ Back to Your Future event, 44% of respondents said the sense of community within the 7Cs “needs improvement”, while that 36% called it “agree” and just 4% rated it “awesome,” according to a graph shared at the open house.

Relaxation spaces and “scheduled outdoor spaces” were the most popular priorities for a new student center in September, according to the graph.

Corey Rothermel, senior partner at Ayers Saint Gross, told TSL that the company will continue to help TCCS assess community members’ priorities for space through January.

“We’re still at the vision stage, the big picture,” Rothermel said. “At the end, we will have a conceptual list of what the project wants to be.”

After the vision, the process will move into programming, where staff will begin translating the needs they uncover into individual elements for the center, followed by architectural design and construction, according to Rothermel. With so many things still up in the air, the timeline is still unclear as to when the doors of the new center will open or where it will be located.

Students will have more opportunities to weigh in on the center in the months ahead. In addition to in-person events, TCCS will be conducting a survey of its websitewhich is currently seeking open comments on the proposal.

“The participation of students, faculty and staff is necessary to develop a collective vision,” the statement said. “These stakeholders are the experts on campus and should set the direction for this new building that will serve future generations of students.”