Laurel Oaks & Live Oaks

Career Campuses
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MSA has been implementing campus renovations at Laurel Oaks for the Great Oaks Institute of Technology & Career Development, constructed in the 1970’s & 1980’s adjacent to the site of the Wilmington Air Park, a large commercial aviation facility previously used by DHL as a shipping & transit center.

The first phase of work included complete renovation of the building housing the high bay labs for Auto Collision, Auto Tech, Auto Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Carpentry, Masonry, Manufacturing Technology, Welding, and Natural Resources. Underutilized spaces were converted to science labs and general classrooms. Other labs in adjacent buildings were converted to Practical Nursing and Sports Rehabilitation programs. Structural upgrades included correction of lateral stability issues, and preventative measures to brace the building against limited seismic events. System upgrades included fire suppression, technology/data, electrical, and mechanical systems. Additionally, a large portion of the building was re-roofed with Energy Star listed roofing materials to aid in reducing energy usage. Additional phases have including conversion of a Meat Processing lab to an Animal Sciences program, expanding & renovating the media library called the Cybrary, and constructing new Dental technology labs.

Live Oaks Career Campus

MSA has been working to implement a phased renovation strategy at the Live Oaks Campus of the Great Oaks Institute of Technology & Career Development, constructed in the early 1970’s. The construction phases on the project have largely occurred during the 2 1/2 month summer breaks, which required close coordination with the Faculty of the campus and selected contractors.

The projects at Live Oaks have involved a new two-story enclosed, yet visibly opened, Cybrary and administrative offices, renovations of all primary labs and instructional classroom spaces, an Early Childhood Development Instructional Lab, Practical Nursing Lab, Cosmetology lab, Biotech Forensic Science Lab, Animal Sciences & Veterinarian Technology Labs, new environmental graphics/way finding systems; and extensive life safety and mechanical upgrades.

Future plans for the campus include MSA leading the efforts on a new campus master plan, with multiple additions for the expanding program.

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