Cape Fear Community College will hold a special ceremony later this week to mark an important milestone in the construction of its Humanities and Fine Arts Center and has invited the public to participate.
On Friday, Feb. 21 at 9:00 a.m., the college will hold a cornerstone ceremony where a massive piece of precast concrete is lowered into place. Before the ceremony, guests will have an opportunity to sign the wall to commemorate the occasion.
The ceremony will take place at the corner of Second and Hanover streets in downtown Wilmington. Parking is available in the Wilmington Convention Center parking deck on Nutt St. A reception for guests will be held in the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery after the ceremony.
Scheduled to speak at the ceremony are CFCC President Dr. Ted Spring, CFCC Board of Trustees Chairman Barren Nobles, Chairman of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Woody White, Executive Director of the Wilmington Arts Council Rhonda Bellamy and CFCC Vice President of Instruction Dr. Amanda Lee.
Dr. Spring said that he is excited to see the building taking shape and is looking forward to sharing this event with the public.
“This facility was made possible because of the support from the local community and we want the public to see the progress of their investment,” said Dr. Spring.
He explained that once the building is completed, it will benefit not only the college, but the entire area.
“This facility will not only greatly enhance educational opportunities for our students, but it will also bring an exciting new performing arts venue to southeastern North Carolina,” Dr. Spring explained.
Budgeted at $39.9 million, the 159,368-foot building will house three floors of academic space for CFCC’s humanities and fine arts program and feature a 1,500-seat performance hall for theatrical, musical and other cultural events. Funds for the building came from a $164 million bond referendum passed by New Hanover County voters in 2008.
CFCC broke ground on the facility last March and the project is expected to be completed at the end of this year. The building was designed by LS3P architects and Edifice Construction is the general contractor.
In addition to the Humanities and Fine Arts Center, the 2008 bond referendum has funded the construction of two other projects. The first is Union Station – a 251,402 square-foot classroom and student services building at the downtown Wilmington campus which opened late last year. The second is the 134,000 square-foot Advanced and Emerging Technologies Center at the North Campus in Castle Hayne which is currently in the design phase.