Mitchell Community College celebrated the completion last week of its $5 million Mooresville classroom building, which will help the Statesville-based college deal with a rapidly increasing enrollment.
With its lighting at night, 40-foot-tall white columns, circular colonnade portico and a glass-faced lobby, the building also is a visually appealing gateway to downtown, Mooresville officials said.
"It is a great asset not only for our citizens but our downtown," Mooresville Town Manager Erskine Smith said. "Growth is what's happening in our community, and Mitchell Community College is a big part of that."
The three-story, 30,000-square-foot building at Academy Street and Iredell Avenue (N.C. 3) is the third expansion since the Mooresville campus opened in 1984.
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The building has 12 classrooms, 12 offices, two science laboratories, a 44-seat lecture hall and an internet café. Wireless internet is available throughout the building.
The new space will allow the college to accommodate 300 to 500 more students and add more general education and business administration courses, said Brett Fansler, dean of the Mooresville campus. The campus has roughly 4,000 students in its continuing education, basic-skills and curriculum courses, he said.
Mooresville town commissioner Miles Atkins said the college has played an invaluable role in training students for the specific jobs local companies need.
A 40 percent increase in enrollment over the past decade drove the need for the building, college officials said.
Major funding came from a voter-approved bond issue and from the state. The nonprofit Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant.
Town commissioner Rhett Dusenbury said he was glad the project's general contractor, Monteith Construction Corp. of Charlotte, used such local subcontractors as Statesville Brick, Gates Construction Co. Inc. of Mooresville for the masonry and Kewaunee Scientific Corp. of Statesville for the laboratory furniture.
MBAJ Architecture of Shelby was the project's architect.
Hospital holds 'roof-raising' celebration
HUNTERSVILLE Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, 10030 Gilead Road, held a "roof-raising" celebration Thursday for a planned two-floor addition above its surgical floor.
The expansion will add 15 beds, bringing the total bed count to 75, and will provide extra room for women's support services.
The hospital will provide construction updates and videos at www.presbyterian.org/huntersville.
Meeting Street to build in Christenbury
CONCORD A new phase of Christenbury Walk in Christenbury Village has opened with the addition of Charlotte-based townhome builder Meeting Street Homes & Communities.
Meeting Street joins Ryland Homes, David Weekley Homes and Classica Homes as builders in Christenbury.
Details about the number and size of townhomes Meeting Street plans in Christenbury Walk will be released in coming months, said Scott Dirkschneider, Meeting Street Homes division manager.
Smithville improvements planned
CORNELIUS Volunteers from Grace Covenant Church and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity plan to make numerous improvements in the older Smithville neighborhood this week.
Teams of volunteers will build a driveway and shed, create walkways, replace guttering and downspouts, install basketball goals, repair decks, build a water ridge and do landscaping and painting.
Volunteers also will host a "Serving Up Hope" celebration 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Smithville Community Center, 19412 S. Hill St. There will be live music, free food and children's activities.