The new $31.8 million Academic Support Center at Miami Dade College Kendall, now finishing construction at the northeast corner of the campus, is planned for a Jan. 7 opening.
“We are now scheduled to begin operation of services in January for the start of the spring semester,” said Brian Stokes, senior director for campus administration.
Opening the new five-story building will centralize most administrative and student services in the 136,000-squarefoot structure, built on a one-acre site adjacent to the tennis center at the east campus entry off SW 107th Avenue.
The first three floors of the building are planned to house admissions, registration and financial services for new and continuing student services as well as providing 21 new classrooms. In addition, two major shifts of academic disciplines will include relocating the School of Business to the building’s fourth floor and opening vacant spaces elsewhere to centralize the school’s science division.
The building’s fifth floor is planned as a testing center for admissions, placement and similar programs.
Built with LEED certification standards, construction for the building began in May 2011 after a February groundbreaking.
Largest of the eight Miami-Dade campuses, the Kendall Campus now registers nearly 35,000 students, a 35 percent growth rate since 1997.