The public is invited to join Cape Fear Community CollegeÂ toÂ honorÂ Wilmington’s railroad historyÂ and lookÂ ahead to the future at the ‘Union Station Topping Out’ ceremony next week. The event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 12:00 noon at 201 Red Cross St. in downtown Wilmington.
The ceremonyÂ will mark a major milestone in CFCC’s Union Station construction projectÂ as the last piece of steel is set into place.
The design of the new building wasÂ inspired by the look of a railroad depot that stood in downtown Wilmington and was owned by theÂ Atlantic Coast Line Railroad nearly 100 years ago.
Former employees of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad are expected to participate in signing the beam before it is installed on the building.
Once completed, CFCC’s new Union Station building will be 250,000 square feet and include a student services center, expanded classroom space, and labs for health care training. The facilityÂ is expected to be complete in mid-2013.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony and sign the beam before the ceremony. Those who would like to sign the beam mayÂ visit the site atÂ 201 Red Cross St. on Monday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.