Alexandria Groundbreaking for New Academic Building
The new three-story 80,000-square-foot academic building will be a state-of-the-art facility, which 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 passions.
President Robert G. Templin, Jr., opened the ceremony and stated 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 constructed at NOVA in a decade, he said.
Following Templin, Alexandria City Mayor William D. Euille congratulated the College for its endless 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,” Euille said. “Your best days are yet to come.”
The new building is being constructed to be energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. NOVA Board Chair Michael Wooten said, “The new facility will be better for the environment and for the people who inhabit it.”
Alexandria Provost Ronald Buchanan said two streets on campus will be renamed. A portion of East Campus Drive will be renamed to honor former 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.
The groundbreaking gave everyone a glimpse into the future of NOVA’s continued commitment to excellence.
In other Alexandria news, please note the Alexandria Campus has a new address:
Northern Virginia Community College
5000 Dawes Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311