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Lakeshore Campus Expansion

Lakeshore Campus Vision Statement

To create a vibrant urban campus environment with dynamically beneficial experiences between the College, students and the community that are meaningful to those we serve.

Construction Begins

In collaboration with the Illinois Capital Development Board, the College of Lake County started construction on a new six-story building to enhance the urban Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan. Please excuse the noise and truck traffic during construction so CLC can provide local students with $48 million of expansion to increase educational opportunities.

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Lakeshore Campus Site

This substantial development provides comprehensive student support services and programs in Waukegan designed to meet the regional high-demand advanced workforce needs,” said CLC Board of Trustees Chair Dr. William M. Griffin. “We want a first-class facility in Waukegan. Together with Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham, we anticipate this urban campus project to serve as a catalyst for future downtown development. We are in partnership with him in our desire to further build Waukegan as a college town.”

New Student Center

The new building, a Student Center at 34 N. Sheridan Road, is a highly anticipated addition to Waukegan’s lakeshore landscape. It will be fully integrated on campus, linking the second and third floors to the college’s 33 N. Genesee building. Substantial completion of the Student Center is expected by fall 2022.

  • 62,692 square feet of new construction
  • Support services
  • Library
  • Community meeting space
  • Welcome and One-Stop Center
  • Four general education classrooms
  • Laboratories
  • Career placement
  • Adult education
  • Four testing rooms
  • Tutoring center
Interior of proposed Lakeshore Student Lounge

Community Space

Named after Eleanor Murkey, founding dean of the Waukegan Campus, the top floor of the Student Center will have flexible space layouts for community functions. With a fantastic view of Lake Michigan and a large open balcony, community members can enjoy this inviting community space.

Campus Improvements

In addition to the new construction, the project will include 4,665 square feet of existing building renovation consisting of improvements to:

  • Children’s Learning Center
  • Science laboratory at 33 N. Genesee St.
  • New classroom in 111 N. Genesee St.

Interior of proposed Lakeshore Resource CenterLakeshore Commitment

This expansion is part of the Lakeshore Commitment which offers more classes than ever, flexible scheduling, full course schedule options, extended course registration deadlines and general core course offerings guaranteed each semester to ensure access and success for students. The completion of the Student Center provides further opportunities for the college to continue program expansions in other fields of interest, including:

  • Digital media
  • Manufacturing
  • Hospitality
  • Horticulture
  • Entrepreneurship

Sustainability

The new Student Center is designed with the intent to achieve U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification.

More Information

The college is here for all Lake County residents, and those in the northeastern part of Lake County will especially benefit from the campus’ growing location in downtown Waukegan. It’s easily accessible by car, bus, bike, train or on foot. More than one-third of CLC students live in the northeastern part of Lake County.

Read more about how these Lakeshore Campus improvements will help further establish the college’s presence in downtown Waukegan.


For inquiries about the Lakeshore campus expansion, please submit an inquiry form.