Work has begun on what Cleveland Community College hopes to be the future education center for the manufacturing and other industries in Cleveland County.
Construction workers have started working on the college’s new Advanced Technology Center. They are breaking up old concrete, tearing down the landscape and preparing the space in which the new building will be housed.
“A lot of work has been put into this project. It’s exciting to finally break new ground,” said CCC President Jason Hurst in an email.
Work on the new building dates back to 2015 when the college’s board of trustees decided to begin building an advanced manufacturing center. The board of trustees approved designs for the center in 2019 and looked for contractors for the project in 2020.
The new center is expected to take 16 months to complete and will cost around $ 15 million. A little less than half of the cost is covered by government bonds and golden leaf grants.
The new center is located on Marion Street on the college campus. It will be a two-story building approximately 45,000 square feet with high bay training rooms and a 5 ton crane for industrial training.
“This center will be the Cleveland County and area training center. It will also be available to local industry in the area,” said Bruce Mack, vice president of business and people development for CCC.
If everything goes according to plan, the college will officially move into the building in the fall of 2022.
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