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PR #43 September 26, 2007

RVCC MARKS OFFICIAL OPENING OF NEW ?WEST BUILDING?

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch marked the official opening of its new West Building with a special ceremony on Tuesday, September 25. The 44,500 square-foot building, located next to the Theatre, is the largest classroom building on campus.

The $15 million facility contains 18 classrooms and a multimedia laboratory. Ten of the classrooms are equipped with the latest technology to provide computer-intensive training. The other eight classrooms, which are also equipped with advanced technology, are designed to serve a variety of instructional uses.

The Computer Science Department?s faculty offices are located in the building, which has close to 400 computers. Most of the department?s classes are being taught there as well. Other features include an information systems help desk and a conference room. A student lounge houses the top floor of the three-story structure.

?The opening of the West Building this semester comes at a time when RVCC has set a new record in enrollment. The West Building will offer much-needed classroom space as the College continues to grow and work to better serve the needs of our students and the community,? said RVCC President Dr. Casey Crabill. ?We are grateful to Somerset and Hunterdon Counties and the State of New Jersey for providing the funding for this building and for investing in the success of RVCC,? Dr. Crabill continued.

Several elected officials who supported the project spoke at the opening, including Assemblyman Christopher ?Kip? Bateman, District 16; Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow, District 23; Robert Zaborowski, director, Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders; and Ronald Sworen, member, Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The construction project was financed under the State of New Jersey?s Chapter 12 Community College Building Fund. Under the program, counties issue bonds for the construction project. The state pays half of the cost of repaying the debt and the counties of Somerset and Hunterdon pay the remainder.

The last building constructed on campus was the Christine Todd Whitman Science Center, which opened in September 2002.

The West Building?which broke ground in November 2005?was designed by SSP Architectural Group of Somerville. The building contract was awarded to Ingrassia Construction Company of Middlesex and Gilbane Building Company of Lawrenceville was the construction manager.

In advance of construction being completed on the new building, the College completed major road and parking improvements that added approximately 140 additional parking spaces and improved campus access. An additional 225 parking spaces are expected to be added to the campus by Spring 2008.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

[photo captions for electronic photos]:

Cutting the ribbon during the official opening of Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) West Building are, from left, RVCC Board of Trustees Vice Chair Catherine McVicker of Califon; Jakob Nilsson, RVCC Student Government Association (SGA) treasurer, Hillsborough; David Evers, SGA president, Somerset; Lindsay Troyer, SGA secretary, Hampton; and Board of Trustees Vice Chair Richard D. Wellbrock of Watchung.

Photo by Harry Hillard

RVCC President Dr. Casey Crabill addresses the crowd at the official opening of the College?s West Building.

Photo by Harry Hillard

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