Mitchell Community College started construction recently on a $5million classroom building at North Academy Street and West Iredell Avenue.
The 30,000-square-foot, three-story building will include 12 classrooms, two science labs, a cyber café and offices for instructors, college officials said. The building will also have a multipurpose auditorium/classroom that can be used for events.
When it opens in fall 2011, the building will add critically needed classroom space to help meet the college's growing enrollment, officials said.
Enrollment at the Statesville-based college's Mooresville Center has increased about 40percent over the past three academic years, officials said.
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The new building will be the first major expansion since the center opened in 1983.
The project cost is being paid by sales of bonds approved in Iredell County's 2005 education bond referendum, a construction grant from the N.C. Community College System, a $250,000 grant from the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, and public and private donations, including a $50,000 gift from the late Grady Shoe of Mooresville.
MBAJ Architecture of Charlotte designed the building. Monteith Construction Corp. of Monroe was awarded the construction contract.
Designs welcome for veterans monument
CORNELIUS The town is accepting entries for its veterans monument design competition.
The monument will honor all veterans from the town who served in a branch of the Armed Services in war or peacetime.
The single-stage monument design competition is open to N.C.-licensed architects and architectural firms, licensed landscape architects and landscape architectural firms, and other N.C. designers.
Deadline is 5 p.m. April 30.
Entries will be judged by a jury of veterans, civic leaders and design professionals, including David Walters, a professor at UNCCharlotte's College of Architecture, and Jean Greer, the Arts & Science Council's vice president of public art.
The commission for the project, and a cash prize, will be awarded to the first-place winner. Second- and third-place winners will also receive cash awards.
Monday is the deadline for submitting questions about the competition to Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For detailed design competition information, or to download a submission package, visit the Cornelius Veterans Monument Web site at http://cor neliusveteransmonument.org .
Parade of Homes expands to Lake Norman in May
MOORESVILLE The Lake Norman Home Builders Association will be a part of the 2010 Parade of Homes in May, turning the annual showcase of new Charlotte homes into a regional event.
The Home Builders Association of Charlotte has presented the free, self-guided tour for about 20 years.
Prospective homebuyers, Realtors and others are invited to tour the homes May 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30.
A parade guidebook will be distributed with photos, renderings, special features, specifications and contact information of entered homes. Entries will be judged on price range and features, and awards will be presented.
Early-bird entry has been extended indefinitely. To download an entry packet, or for more details, visit www.lake normanhba.com or call Diane Virkler at 704-376-8524.
Providencia bond documents to be considered
STATESVILLE On April 27 an Iredell County financing authority will consider approving final bond documents for Providencia U.S.A., a Brazilian maker of nonwoven fabrics that's locating in West Industrial Park, north of Statesville.
Iredell County commissioners have approved $9million in "recovery zone facility bonds" for the company.
A federal economic recovery program gave every county in the state authority to issue the recovery bonds. The program gives companies and local governments access to tax-free bonds at low interest rates.
The April 27 meeting of the Iredell County Industrial Facilities & Pollution Control Financing Authority is scheduled for noon in the South Wing Conference Room of the Iredell County Government Center, 200 S. Center St.