NEWS

 

 

June 12, 2014

 

Public Invited to MSET Center Dedication

Northeast Alabama Community College is pleased to announce a dedication and celebration of opening the newly completed Math, Science, and Engineering Technology Center on Thursday, June 19, at 10 am.

“This is quite an exciting event for us,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “This is a very student-friendly building, one that we think will really enhance the teaching and learning process at Northeast. The building is designed particularly for instruction in science and mathematics, subjects that are a bedrock of our curriculum no matter what the student major. So a very large number of our students will be taking classes in this building before they have completed their programs of study. The engineering technology program housed in the building will expand what we do in that field as well.”

The building is a $10.5 million, 46,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility. It houses eight classrooms and eight laboratories, including two large tiered lecture rooms adaptable for community presentations. The laboratories will be used for anatomy, biology, mathematics, physics, and engineering. All classrooms and laboratories are equipped with Interactive Smart Boards, Podium Audio/Visual controls, projectors, and Internet Presentation Access. The building is totally WiFi with fiber optic uplink for rapid data transmission. There are more than 100 computer terminals for student and faculty use.

“The design of the building has been a real team effort,” Campbell stated. “Our administrators, faculty, and staff have put a lot of planning and thought in creating the best student learning environment that we could for this building, including student study rooms, computer laboratories, and workrooms that we have throughout the building. Our architects (Seay, Seay, and Litchfield) were a great help to us in this regard. They even set up some tours for us at the new science facilities at Emory University to get ideas on the latest in science equipment. The result is not only a beautiful building that greatly adds to the appearance of the campus, but a building that is very functional as an educational facility as well.”

Also included in the building are three virtual desktop laboratories for mathematics and science instruction, 14 faculty offices, centralized faculty work room, faculty conference room, student study and break areas, and a storm safety shelter located in the basement. There is an additional space in the attic (8,900 square feet) for future expansion.

This facility will enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education in the area. The additional space has been added due to the college’s focus on high-demand employment needs in technology, math, science and engineering.

The project architects are Seay, Seay, and Litchfield located in Montgomery. The project general contractor is First Team Construction in Auburn.

The public is cordially invited to attend this event and to tour the facility following the building dedication. Northeast faculty, staff, and students will be available following a short dedication ceremony to conduct tours of the building and to provide demonstrations of how the facilities can be used.

“I think those attending will enjoy seeing all the advances that have been made in educational technology in recent years,” Campbell stated. “These advances are all a part of this new Center.”

For more information, contact Heather Rice, Director of Development, at ext. 2301 or riceh@nacc.edu.


MSET Center lobby (right) and front (below)