The Learning Tower Opens at CMCC
November 19, 2015
Almost one year to the day after breaking ground, Central Maine Community College has formally opened “The Learning Tower,” a four-story, 25,000 square foot academic building. The College hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, October 16 in front of what has become the new main entrance on campus. Connected to Jalbert Hall with an enclosed walkway, The Tower has quickly become the signature building on campus.
The first floor of The Tower consists of the new admissions suite, a lounge, and waiting area. A “Harvard-style” case study room, with tiered seating to allow for greater visibility and ease of movement, is on the second floor. The case study room has a customized instructor lectern equipped with computer, AV, and other technology. Also on the second floor is the presentation room, designed for public speaking and related classes that require individual or group presentations. It is equipped with a built-in video camera to enable students and instructors to immediately review and analyze performance.
The third floor has a smaller case study room and a business simulation classroom. The simulation room is equipped with group pods, each with a computer and screen, and movable writing boards that are ideal for brainstorming sessions. Due to the room layout and maneuverability, class focus can easily switch between lecture and group work. The “Bull & Bear” student lounge is located just outside this room and adjacent to a wall-mounted electronic stock ticker.
The chemistry lab is located on the fourth floor. The addition of this lab has enabled the College to offer Organic Chemistry, a required course in the new Life Sciences Associate Degree Program. Students who earn this degree at CMCC will be able to transfer to the University of New England to complete their final two years in programs such as osteopathic medicine, dentistry or pharmacy. Also on the fourth floor is another student lounge and the Leadership Seminar Room, equipped with a conference table with built-in outlets, laptop hookups, etc.
The Tower was designed by Harriman, Architects & Engineers of Auburn, and the general contractor was Langford and Low of Portland.