Cool! Riley Health Center undergoing HVAC upgrade

Crane at Riley Health CenterThe old cooling tower is lifted up and away from its former location on the roof of the Riley Health Center.

Crane operators, positioned in the parking lot, made short work of removing a 5,000 pound cooling tower from the Riley Health Center.

It’s all a part of totally replacing the HVAC system with an up-to-date system and installing new ceilings and new lighting, said Adam Foreman, MCC physical plant director. The work is being done in three phases, with the first phase completed in May. Plans for completing the additional steps are set for August and December. 

The estimated cost for the project is $1.3 million. 

The College built the Riley Health Center in three phases in 1978, 1981, and 1993-94. The 47,442 square-foot facility hosts two levels and houses Associate Degree Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Medical Laboratory, Respiratory Care Practitioner, and Radiologic Technology programs, and instructors’ offices. 

Foreman noted the rooms numbered in the 400s would be closed for the fall as the renovation continues.