Mary T. Barker Humanities Building Open After Renovations

Friday, September 10, 2021
Pictured, left to right, are: Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC president; Dr. Michael Stokes, vice president for Student Services; Dr. Barsha Pickell, vice president for Academic Affairs; Alisha Fox, vice president for Finance and Operations/chief operating officer; and Mike Griffin, Foundation board chair.
Pictured, left to right, are: Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC president; Dr. Michael Stokes, vice president for Student Services; Dr. Barsha Pickell, vice president for Academic Affairs; Alisha Fox, vice president for Finance and Operations/chief operating officer; and Mike Griffin, Foundation board chair.

This fall semester, Cleveland State Community College students are able to experience the newly renovated Mary T. Barker Humanities Building. The Humanities renovation was part of the college’s revitalization project. The total project cost was $25 Million with $2.5 Million allocated from fundraising and $22.5 Million from state funding. 

“We are so excited to have both the new construction Health and Science Center as well as this renovated state-of-the-art Humanities Building now open for our students and faculty to enjoy,” stated Alisha Fox, vice president of Finance and chief operating officer at CSCC. “This project was a collaborative effort with input from faculty, staff and others during the planning phases in 2018-2019. The building has the latest and greatest in technology for both upgraded in-person and remote learning. New furniture, windows and lighting make this building comfortable and efficient. The Humanities renovation is the first of many at the CSCC main campus.”

A $3 Million budget was set for the building to receive upgrades for design, construction and equipment. The renovations included $150,000 in classroom technology upgrades like new presentation panels and aesthetic makeovers including new paint, flooring and furniture. Approximately $50,000 was used to install high performance WIFI and fiber upgrades. 

Most of the building’s rooms were updated including ten classrooms, three computer labs, a lecture hall, a conference room, six restrooms, 24 offices and a brand new dean’s suite. Safety upgrades included auto locking exterior doors and security cameras.

CSCC invites anyone who would like to see the new renovations, to visit the campus for a tour.


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