GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees took another step toward a
significant transformation of the College’s Main Campus in Galesburg during its regular monthly
meeting Thursday evening, getting its first glimpse at the major project and scheduling a public
hearing for next month on the intent to issue up to $30 million in bonds.
The Board heard a presentation by Paul Kouri of the College’s architecture and engineering firm, Farnsworth Group, showing potential plans for a science and technology center that would serve as a new focal point of the campus. The proposed building would either replace or be adjacent to the portion of Building B that currently holds the College’s automotive technology program. Under each option, Sandburg’s automotive technology program would be moved to the Center for Manufacturing Excellence across the street in Building G.
The two-story building would offer views of Lake Storey on the inside edge of the campus in
addition to serving as a new, state-of-the-art classroom space. It also would allow the College to
have a centralized location for its Welcome Center and student services offices, making it a
one-stop shop for students.
“It has the advantage of really completing all of the main circulation issues (for prospective and
current students) as well as centralizing a lot of the functions and making it a very dramatic and
obvious destination point, no matter how you approach the campus,” Sandburg President Dr.
Seamus Reilly said.
The Board set a public hearing for 7 p.m. Nov. 18 in the A. Lewis Long Conference Room (E200)
on the Main Campus concerning the intent to issue bonds to fund this and other future capital
projects at the College. It had previously approved a resolution authorizing such an issuance
during its September meeting .