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Five new buildings nearing completion on TCC campuses

If you’ve walked around any of the campuses recently, you have, no doubt, noticed all the ongoing construction. Five new buildings are in the final stages of construction, all projected to open in 2013.

The Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Portsmouth campuses will have student centers similar to the Norfolk Student Center, which opened in May 2011. They will open in time for fall 2013 classes.

TCC President Edna Kolovani regards the student center as an extension of learning, “a place focused on the whole student,” she says. “In the future, I envision our student centers as one-stop shops for student services.”

The Virginia Beach Student Center will be an 87,000 square-foot, three-story facility located entirely within the “pond” of the campus. In addition to a dining area, lounges, fitness and recreational areas and child-minding, the center will operate a full-service Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Construction should be complete by June 2013.

Chesapeake

Portsmouth

The Chesapeake and Portsmouth student centers will be 57,000 square-foot, three-story facilities, with similar amenities, though the Barnes & Noble stores will be for distribution only.

The Virginia Beach Campus will also be home to the Joint Use Library, a 120,000 square-foot, two-story facility operated by TCC and the City of Virginia Beach. The library is on track to open in May 2013, as exterior construction is nearly complete. The computerized book sorting system, necessary to assist the staff with a collection exceeding 128,000 between the City and TCC, will be installed and tested by the end of the year.


A new academic building is also sprouting up on the Chesapeake Campus. The 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will be located on the west end of campus. Each classroom will include computer and LCD video that will support the varied teaching and presentation requirements of the college. Also inside: an educational theater capable of a number of seating configurations. Construction will be complete by April 2013 and the building will be open for summer-session classes.

The new buildings are expected to achieve LEED Silver Certification as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council due to their energy-conscious design and environmentally friendly building material.