Almost every student who has attended Alpena Community College has walked through the doors of the historic Van Lare Hall. Named after ACC President Stanley Van Lare, this building was constructed in 1957. Van Lare Hall occupies 37,000 square feet on the College’s most picturesque property and it is the oldest building on the main campus.
For more than 60 years, Van Lare Hall has served as a central piece of ACC’s legacy and is a solid, functional building that has served as the focal point of higher education in Northeast Lower Michigan. It currently houses administrative and academic support functions along with a dozen multi-purpose classrooms.
A remodeled Van Lare Hall will also include a 2,188 square foot student and community space overlooking the Thunder Bay River, seven multipurpose classrooms, renovations to existing restrooms, the exterior concrete masonry will receive a new permeable stain to restore the color of the building including the front entrance, a new Admissions Office area, fire suppression system, energy-efficient HVAC system including high-efficiency hot water boilers and air conditioning. Windows will be replaced with insulated glazing and low-e glass and set into thermally isolated pre-finished aluminum frames. Entry doors will also be replaced with energy-efficient units with new hardware and security management devices.
ACC has received a dollar-for-dollar match of $3.35 million from the State of Michigan. In addition, $840,500 has been generated through the sale of college property, and 70% of College staff have pledged or donated approximately $40,000 to the project. The ACC Foundation Board of Trustees developed the Healthy Futures Start Here campaign, and together with community support, have raised over $2.5 million to date.
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