The Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College officially broke ground on a new three-story 80,000-square-foot academic building on June 26. The building will replace the current Tyler Building on campus.
The state-of-the-art facility will incorporate several key elements such as transparent spaces, flexible uses and a visually-exciting architectural environment – all in an effort to draw in students and engage their passion.
NOVA President Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr. told a crowd of about 50 guests under a hot sun that the new building is part of a larger effort by the college to increase college access for an additional 25,000 students. The building is the eighth to be erected at NOVA in a decade, he said.
Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille congratulated the college for its continued effort in educating not only Alexandria residents, but those students who live “across the nation and around the globe.”
“We look forward to your continued success,” he said. “Your best days are yet to come.”
The new building is being constructed to be energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly. Dr. Michael Wooten, chair of the Northern Virginia Community College Board, said that the “new facility would be better for the environment and for the people who inhabit it.”
Two streets on campus will also be renamed said Dr. Ronald Buchanan, NOVA-Alexandria acting provost. A portion of East Campus Drive will be renamed to honor provost and faculty member Jean Netherton, who passed away in 2011. West Campus Drive will be renamed in honor of Dr. Donald L. Bisdorf, the campus’ first provost.
The new building will house the music, studio arts, dance and drama programs. The structure will also include administrative offices, classrooms, activity rooms, a bookstore and a black box theatre.
In addition, there will be three outdoor terraces erected for studio work and student lounge areas.
The building is designed to receive the U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Environmental Engineering & Design) Silver Certification. LEED is the USGBC's rating system for the design and construction of energy-efficient and high-performing buildings.
Construction is expected to last about 18 months. Moseley Architects based in Warrenton, Va. is the project architect and the project contractor is Branch Daffan, which is headquartered in Manassas, Va.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.