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Groundbreaking planned for new academic building at NOVA-Woodbridge

The community is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building that will add almost 84,000 square feet of academic space to the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on March 18.

The new building will include eight computer-based laboratories, a black box theater with 215 seats, a lecture hall with 160 seats, two art studios, an art gallery, a computer graphic design studio, three science laboratories, a Cisco computer laboratory, a photo studio with dark room, 11 classrooms, two computer lounges, 35 faculty offices and 12 group study rooms. In addition, the campus library will move to 7,350 square feet of new space. A new cafeteria is also in the plans, with seats for 120 people inside and additional seating on an outdoor patio.

“Everyone at the Woodbridge Campus extends great appreciation to the Commonwealth of Virginia and members of the General Assembly for recognizing the need for the new building,” Provost Sam Hill said. “We are serving more students every year and are desperate for additional space to accommodate all the people who need us.”

Designed by Grimm and Parker Architects to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification, the building will feature a geothermal heating and cooling system. Whiting-Turner will begin construction this spring with an expected opening date of August 2012.

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 NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.