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Renovations, expansions at Terra Community College

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FREMONT, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Students at Terra Community College are getting ready to enjoy an expanded dining area and a new culinary lab.

Construction will begin this fall on the second floor of Building B. The college board approved a $3.6 million construction bid for the 3-phase renovation of the building, which will add and expand services for students.

Building B was the original facility for Terra Community College. Some aspects of the building need updated to follow safety code, and the heating and cooling system is in need of major upgrades.

"The facility is over 30 years old, and we need to make major investments in the infrastructure for the facility," said Randy McCullough, vice president of Financial Affairs for the college.

The first phase of the project will bring the building up to code, but the majority of the work will focus on the second floor, where the current dining area will be expanded to hold almost three times as many people as it does now.

"We're isolated from the city of Fremont, so it's kind of nice to have those services here for our students to be exposed to," said McCullough. "And our faculty and staff will be able to enjoy the facility here."

The other major addition will be a new culinary lab, funded in part by the Andersons Market, to recreate a restaurant kitchen environment for the college's new hospitality management program.

"How to serve food, what temperature to serve it at, and how to be a service to the food industry in the area," McCullough said of the program.

Phase one construction is expected to be completed in the spring. The next big plan in the works for Terra may be a direct entryway to the school on Route 53. The college administration is working with ODOT to make that a reality.

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