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Manassas Campus Harry J. Parrish Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony

June 30, 2009

From left to right: Executive Vice President John Dever, NOVA Board member Michael Johnson, Delegate Chuck Caputo, NOVA Board member Diane Tuininga, Councilmember John May, Parrish family and guests Diana Dutton, Judy Ratcliffe, Mayor Harry J. Parrish, II, Cheryl Parrish, Tyler Billingslea, Mattie Parrish, Manassas Campus Provost Hortense Hinton, President Robert G. Templin, Jr., Senator Charles Colgan, Delegate Jackson Miller, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter and Brentsville District Supervisor Wally Covington.
The Harry J. Parrish Hall design team from left to right: representatives from Hess Construction, Manassas Campus Provost Hortense Hinton, representatives from Moseley Architects, Director of College Facilities Bill Chamberlin, Nira Shahi with Barnes & Noble and Director of Capital Projects Dan Wells.

On June 3, Provost Hortense Hinton hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Harry J. Parrish Hall, academic building Phase III at the Manassas Campus. The building is expected to be completed by the summer of 2011 and will open for classes in the fall of 2011. Parrish Hall will add 55,000 square feet of academic space to the Campus. An additional 2,500 square feet will house the new Barnes & Noble Bookstore. 

Parrish Hall will contain 12 computer-based laboratories, 14 lecture rooms, four biology laboratories, a combined electronics and engineering laboratory, an art studio as well as faculty and staff offices. Parrish Hall will also receive its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver Certification when occupied in July of 2011.

Harry J. Parrish represented the community with service in the General Assembly from 1982 to 2006 and as mayor of Manassas for 18 years prior to his time in the General Assembly. Parrish lived his entire life in service to his country, his state, his community, his church and his family. Parrish was also a strong advocate and supporter of NOVA. The NOVA Board approved the naming of the building for Harry J. Parrish in May. 

Guests included the Parrish family, members from the General Assembly, representatives from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and Economic Development office, City of Manassas Council members, Virginia Community College System (VCCS), NOVA Board, Hess Construction + Engineering Services, Moseley Architects, Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce, the Gainesville-Haymarket Rotary Club, Micron Technology and the Virginia Council of Advanced Technology Skills.

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