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Trustees break ground on new Science Building

Board of Trustees, Students, Staff and Faculty gather for new Science Building groundbreaking on April 17, 2013On Wednesday, North Arkansas College Trustees and other college representatives got their shovels out and dug dirt to officially break ground on the site that will house the College’s new Science Building.

President, Dr. Jackie Elliott, thanked the Board of Trustees, the architectural firm of Whittenberg, Delony and Davidson, the faculty, staff, committee, and students who spent hours and hours over a two-year period to develop and design the structure.

“I want to invite everyone back to this site for a building dedication in January 2014,” Elliott told the crowd.  “You’ll be able to tour the building, meet our students and faculty, and see the scientific and technological advances we’ve designed to achieve our vision to be a premier institution, achieving excellence through innovation, technology, continuous improvement, and quality instruction.”

The 15,000 square foot two-story building will provide two labs and a 60-seat auditorium-style classroom on the first floor, and two labs and office space on the second floor.  The project is expected to cost $3 million and is financed by bond proceeds.

The stand-alone building sits on Northark’s South campus next to the library.  A walkway will separate the two buildings.  It will be a metal frame building with metal studs and a rock veneer.  Native stone will accentuate the corners and continue the trend on other buildings around campus.

The project is slated for completion in January 2014.