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NOVA-Alexandria hosts ribbon cutting ceremony for Center for Design, Media and the Arts

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Students, faculty, staff and NOVA leaders officially cut the ceremonial ribbon for the new Center for Design, Media and the Arts at the Alexandria Campus on Oct. 6.
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The Center for Design, Media and the Arts received Gold Standard LEED certification.

The Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College celebrated the innovative addition to its campus and to the College community during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Center for Design, Media and the Arts building on Friday, Oct. 6.

The Center for Design, Media and the Arts  is a state-of-the-art, 80,420 sq. ft. facility. Moseley Architects and contractors Branch Daffan were involved in completing the building. The building currently houses programs in music, arts, photography, communication studies, cinema, theater, graphic design, physical education and early childhood education. In addition, a new fitness center, a black box theater, art gallery, gymnasium, the new bookstore and Starbucks café are located in the building. It is anticipated that a new Advising Center will be added in the future.

During the ceremony, NOVA President Scott Ralls emphasized that NOVA continuously provides much-needed resources and technology for students to be trained and educated for today’s ever-changing workforce. Ralls said with this building, NOVA is supporting and encouraging the idea that technology and art can be successfully combined. 

“I’m delighted to be here today because we’re celebrating the idea that art and tech are intertwined,” Ralls said. “Thank you to elected officials, college board members and community leaders because we can’t do this without your continued support. We also honor the great NOVA faculty and students. With the dedication of this building, NOVA is preparing for a future where technology challenges art and art inspires technology.” 

Alexandria Provost Annette Haggray introduced the speakers during the ceremony. Haggray expressed that the Alexandria Campus is excited to continue to provide students with what they need in the classrooms and prepare them for future careers. 

“Our campus is excited about the new center. Our dynamic faculty and staff will be able to teach and support students in innovative classrooms and labs using advanced technologies,” Haggray said. “Our goal is to help our students excel when they transfer to a four-year college or seek employment in the field. We’re also pleased that our students will have access to excellent fitness and recreational spaces.”

NOVA College Board Chairman Todd Rowley said NOVA’s dedicated faculty and staff prepare students to be leaders. He also emphasized NOVA’s ability to create a balance between meeting community needs and preparing students to be the region’s future skilled professionals.

NVCC Educational Foundation President John Renner congratulated NOVA on the opening of the new facility. He invited those in attendance to make a gift to the Foundation which provides scholarships for NOVA students, recognizes outstanding faculty and staff and helps to create new facilities for the College.

The building received Gold Standard Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. VCCS Deputy Chief Facilities Officer Rick Farthing presented the LEED plaque to Ralls and Haggray during the ceremony. 

A number of local and regional leaders were in attendance including Virginia Community College System Board Members Carolyn Berkowitz and Douglas Garcia; Gaston Araoz of Sen. Tim Kaine’s Office;Scott Price of Sen. Mark Warner’s Office; Fairfax County School Board Member Karen Corbett-Sanders; Arlington County School Board Member James Lander; Chief Academic Officer for Fairfax County Public Schools Francisco Duran; Vice President of Burke & Herbert Bank Walter Clarke; and Executive Director of Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council David Remick.

NOVA’s leadership was also in attendance including NOVA College Board Members Bruce Nielson, Susan Kearney and Jerry Barrett; Vice President Tony Burchard, Dr. Donna Fossum, Ellen Dyke and Carlo Castro of the NVCC Educational Foundation; NOVA Executive Vice President Mel Schiavelli; NOVA Vice President of Institutional Advancement Elizabeth Weatherly; Former Alexandria Campus Provost Ron Buchanan; Manassas Campus Provost Molly Lynch; and Dr. Margaret Emblom-Callahan, chair of the College Senate.


Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu



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.