A major renovation of the oldest building at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids is under way. Kirkwood President Mick Starcevich says $24 million is being spent to remodel Linn Hall, the college’s first permanent building that now houses health and science labs.

“It’s a 240,000 square foot building and it used to house auto tech, auto body, welding…and now it’s time to bring it up to educational standards for the 21st Century,” Starcevich said. The project is expected to take up to three years to complete.

“Linn Hall was built in 1969. Our health science and our science labs are in dramatic need of repair,” Starcevich said. Only certain sections of Linn Hall will be out of service at any one time to minimize disruptions for students, faculty and staff. Money for the project is coming from a bond issue approved by voters last September.