NCCC awarded $1.1 million for science lab, fitness center upgrades

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Date:12 Mar, 2018

NCCC awarded $1.1 million for science lab, fitness center upgrades

Photo caption: North Country Community College nursing student Adriania Fanelli of Morristown looks through a microscope in one of the college’s science labs on its Saranac Lake campus, which will be upgraded using $1.1 million from the state Dormitory Authority.


Saranac Lake – North Country Community College has been awarded $1.1 million to undertake key facility upgrades that will augment instruction and enhance student life at its main campus in Saranac Lake.

The funding, provided by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, was secured for the college by State Senator Betty Little.

The money will be used to renovate the college’s science lab classrooms and to expand the fitness center in the Sparks Athletic Complex. Both projects have been identified as priorities in the college’s Saranac Lake campus master plan.

 “The college is extremely grateful to Senator Little and her staff for securing these funds,” said Dr. Steve Tyrell, President of North Country Community College. “We’re excited to upgrade our science labs in a way that gives our faculty the instructional support they need to prepare our students and better prepares the college for future program needs. The expansion of the fitness center will also allow us to better accommodate the many students, faculty and staff, and residents of the community who would like to use this important facility.”

“I’m very pleased to secure funding to help North Country Community College make these long-needed and important capital improvements at the campus in Saranac Lake,” said Senator Betty Little.  “This college is a place of enrichment and growth, a tremendous asset that broadens horizons and helps open doors to new opportunities. It is an asset well worth investing in because it is a pathway to a better future for so many. I look forward to seeing the progress made.”

This will be the first major renovation of the science labs since they were built in 1978. The college will work with the Dormitory Authority to determine the details and scope of this project, but it could include critical science equipment upgrades, heating and ventilation system improvements, window replacement and interior remodeling.

The college recently upgraded some of the exercise equipment in its fitness center, but at just under 400 square feet, the space is not adequate to serve the number of students who would like to use it, as well as faculty, staff and community residents. In addition to a larger fitness center, the expansion could also provide more locker room and equipment storage space.

“I was very excited to hear that NCCC will be receiving $1.1 million from DASNY to upgrade both the science labs and the fitness complex,” said Franklin County Legislator Barbara Rice. “These renovations will enhance the learning environment for the students, and will provide much needed improvements to the Saranac Lake campus. We are very appreciative of Senator Little’s efforts on behalf of the college.”

The college anticipates that the planning process for these projects will begin in early June in partnership with the Dormitory Authority. Construction could take place as early as the summer of 2019.

About North Country Community College:  As the only public college located in the Adirondack Park, North Country Community College provides educational, cultural and recreational programming to a 3,500 square mile service area with a population of 90,000. The college maintains three campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga, New York; an extensive high school-based academic partnership; and online course offerings. North Country Community College is part of the SUNY (State University of New York) system. With 64 unique colleges and universities, SUNY provides learning environments for every type of student, every stage of life, and every kind of passion. For more information, visit