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From high-tech planetarium to observatory to 30-foot wave tank, Va. Beach Campus



Here, TCC President Deborah DiCroce leads the ribbon-cutting with, left to right, Adm. Jack Kavanaugh, Del. Terrie Suit, Del. Bobby Mathieson, Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf, LaVonne Ellis, Dorcas Helfant-Browning and James Spore, Virginia Beach city manager. After the ceremony, TCC raised its logo to mark the dedication of the science building, followed by an open house and science demonstrations. (Photos by Jerry Altares)

Speeches: President DiCroce, Mayor Oberndorf, Professor Fred Stemple, TCC Student Loni Wells, Professor David Wright and ribbon-cutting.

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (May 2, 2008) – From test tubes to telescopes, from biology to astronomy – science education at Tidewater Community College now includes a new state-of-the-art facility on the Virginia Beach Campus, located behind the Advanced Technology Center.

On May 2, with rockets and physics demonstrations that included unveiling a living link to biology and nature – a treasured Ginkgo tree – as well as a sundial and fossils, the college presented and celebrated the 70,000-square-foot science building embodying the latest in technology and scientific instructional tools.

The facility features: a 90-seat planetarium operating with the highest-resolution laser projection system available today – only the ninth of 11 installed around the world; a rain garden; an outside “living laboratory”; an oceanography lab with a 30-foot wave tank; anatomy and physiology labs with cadaver storage; a greenhouse; and an observatory. The building houses 20 labs and ten 35-to-50-seat classrooms.

Serving thousands of students each year, TCC’s science programs include biology, chemistry, geophysical sciences, physics and astronomy. Students can apply their science classes to transfer programs as well as earn an associate in science degree.

Working closely with TCC, architect firm Burt, Hill designed the building, which was built by W. M. Jordan.




Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit