Donation makes Genecov rennovation possible

Oct 24, 2010 by

Thanks to an anonymous gift of $335,000, the College will begin renovation of biology and chemistry labs in the Aleck Genecov Science Building in Spring 2011.

The gift will pay for upgrades to nine labs in the two-and-a-half-story structure, bringing them to state-of-the art capabilities. Maintenance funds will be paired with the donation so that additional renovation may take place, including foundation repairs along the south wall.

“This is a needed project and the gift comes at a perfect time, as we’re working to upgrade our main campus and make upgrades to our infrastructure that will prepare us for many years,” said TJC President Dr. Mike Metke.

Genecov was completed in 1975. This is its first significant renovation project.

Genecov was built with the assistance of a federal grant, with the necessary balance coming from private sources.

Because of his substantial financial support, the building was named in honor of Aleck Genecov. Originally, Genecov housed the science program, art program and the TJC band hall.

The band moved to its current practice facility when the Health and Physical Education Building was constructed in 1987. The HPE building was renamed the Joseph Z. and Louise H. Ornelas Health and Physical Education Center in 1996 after a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Ornelas.

The College’s art department was moved to Jenkins Hall in 1994 after the renovation and expansion of Jenkins Hall.

As a result of construction, Genecov will be closed for approximately 16 months. Faculty offices and classes will be moved to alternate locations, including portable buildings on loan from the Tyler Independent School District.

The portables were being moved to TJC-owned property along Devine Street during the summer months.

“We truly appreciate our great partners at TISD for allowing us to utilize the portable buildings,” said Metke. “Our thanks go out to Superintendent Dr. Randy Reid and the TISD Board.”

Plans are for classes in Genecov to resume in the Spring of 2012.



Fall 2010, News, On Campus

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Fred Peters is the Director of Public Affairs at Tyler Junior College. He can be reached at 903-510-2627 or at