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Belmont College completes more than $8 million in upgrades

Belmont College has undergone a major transformation as part of a multi-million-dollar project.

Belmont College has undergone a major transformation as part of a multi-million-dollar project.

The student lounge area has been completely revamped and is much more inviting to students.

"We've redone all the heating, ventilation, air conditioning in the building, put on a new roof, replaced all the windows," said John Koucoumaris, vice president of administrative affairs.

"We've done some work outside with the fascia, created a monumental area so you can see the main entrance to get into the building."

What they’ve created is a one-stop shop for students. There are library renovations, a gaming area, new campus shop.

"Still some signage that needs to be put up, room numbers and some locks," Koucoumaris said. "Classroom areas were upgraded with paint, carpeting, new lighting, 680 new LED lights put into the building to make it more efficient."

The building was built 1971.

The $8.7 million transformation was paid for by the state and also college funds that have accumulated over the years.

There remains a few finishing touches to complete.

"There's still some signage that needs to be put up, room numbers and some locks," Koucoumaris said.

And there's a different route to get to the college now.

"ODOT came in and did a road project,” Koucoumaris said. “We now have the Hammond Road connector and it makes it a little bit difficult for students to find our area, but if you stop at the stop sign, make a right you, find the main building, make a left you go to the sciences center."

"We really want the Belmont experience to be positive and something everyone enjoys,” said RJ Konkoleski, vice president, advancement and marketing. “The building has gotten lighter, the colors are brighter, it feels a lot better, and that's carried on to the student population."

The college will eventually make other improvements to Horizon Hall as well.

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