Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

After a 15-month construction period, Blue Ridge Community College opened its new biosciences building in time for classes in the fall semester.

BRCC President John Downey said he hopes the new building would be an economic development driver for the Shenandoah Valley, and add to the “campus that is impactful in this community.”

The 40,166 square-foot facility includes labs, classrooms, offices and collaborative spaces and is home to programs and classes in nursing and health care, biology and microbiology, EMS and paramedic, and bioprocessing. Allen Hale, COO of SFCS, the architects for the building, noted in his remarks that the time they, along with faculty and staff from BRCC, spent with local business and industry, “lead to the establishment of many of the components in the building.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony August 6th attracted local dignitaries, including Shenandoah Valley Congressman Ben Cline, State Senator Mark Obenshain, Delegate Steve Landes, and Delegate Tony Wilt. More than 100 people gathered for the event and tour of the new structure.

The $21 million dollar building is one of several major construction projects that were nearing completion this summer on VCCS campuses.

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Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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