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College Celebrates New Construction with Beam-signing, Open House

College President Dr. Algie Gatewood (3rd from right) and guests pose before the final beam to be raised. Right of Gatewood is ACC Trustee Brigadier General (Ret.) Blake Williams and NC State Senator Amy S. Galey, District 24.

College President Dr. Algie Gatewood (3rd from right) and guests pose before the final beam to be raised. Right of Gatewood is ACC Trustee Brigadier General (Ret.) Blake Williams and NC State Senator Amy S. Galey, District 24.

(May 2, 2022) – Alamance Community College celebrated new capital initiatives on April 29, kicking off with a symbolic ribbon-cutting for six newly renovated areas and a beam-raising ceremony for a Student Services Center, currently under construction on the main campus.

Following prepared remarks by special guests under the shadow of the steel girders of the under-construction Student Services Center, ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood invited local and state elected officials to cut a ribbon to symbolically open six renovated and reimagined spaces on campus:

  • Redesigned Student Commons and new self-serve Corner Café;
  • Emergency Management Services classrooms and high-fidelity simulation labs that include replications of an apartment and full-service ambulance, all on one hallway;
  • Culinary Arts industrial kitchen and banquet room, a complete reimagining to provide students more accessible experience of the professional food services world;
  • New space for the College’s state-of-the-art Print Center;
  • Alamance-Burlington Schools Early College occupies an entire floor of space renovated for new classrooms, principal’s office, and lunchroom;
  • Agricultural-Sciences Building that expands space for Horticulture Technology and relocates Animal Care and Management to a new building.

ACC President Algie Gatewood and special guests cut a ribbon to officially open six new indoor spaces the college has renovated over the past year.ACC President Algie Gatewood and special guests cut a ribbon to officially open six new indoor spaces the college has renovated over the past year.

Above, ACC President Algie Gatewood and special guests cut a ribbon to officially open six new indoor spaces the college has renovated over the past year.

local and state elected officials were among the special guests to join ACC President Algie Gatewood in signing their names to the final beam before it was raised atop the Student Services Center framework.

Local and state elected officials were among the special guests to join ACC President Algie Gatewood in signing their names to the final beam before it was raised atop the Student Services Center framework.

Slated to open in late fall 2022, the 12,203 square foot, $6.7 million Student Services Center will relocate and enhance space for Admissions, Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, Student Payments, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Success. Upon completion, it will serve as the new entrance to the campus core and provide a one-stop facility for new and returning students.

Thomas Stith, President of the NC Community College System, makes remarks.

Thomas Stith, President of the NC Community College System, makes remarks.

Among the guest speakers who made remarks prior to the signing of the final construction beam to be placed were Thomas Stith, President of the NC Community College System; Senator Amy S. Galey, District 24; and John Paisley, Chair of the Alamance County Board of Commissioners.

State Senator Amy S. Galey, District 24, makes remarks.

State Senator Amy S. Galey, District 24, makes remarks.

Inside, all guests who attended were served lunch and invited to tour the six new campus areas.

The Student Services Center, along with the under-construction Biotechnology Center of Excellence that sits adjacent to I-85/40, are expected to open for business by January 2023.