By WILL WILLCOXSON
Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 24 for its new 48,000-square-foot instructional building.
“This has been a long time coming,” Northwest Campus Acting President Darla Zirbes said. “We are eager for students to enjoy learning in a bright, new space that is as modern and well-equipped as you’d find at any college in the country.”
A PCC committee approved the $12.4 million project—called the “G” building—in April 2010.
The three-story building features seven classrooms, a lecture hall, a writing lab, eight science labs, a math emporium, 11 faculty offices and a hotel lobby and suite that serve as simulators for the Hotel and Restaurant Management program.
With the opening of the building, PCC employees look forward to setting a higher standard of education for students.
“Having a modern science facility will help them when they transition to other institutions,” Vice Chancellor for Facilities Bill Ward said.
Northwest Campus psychology instructor Gail Gonzales said having more space for students will be helpful.
Community leaders also praised the campus addition.
“This is the place where the future begins,” said Dave Perry, president of the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Ed Stolmaker, president of the Marana Chamber of Commerce, called the building an excellent opportunity for PCC students.
Faculty will begin moving into their new offices this month. The first classes in the new building will be offered in the summer sessions.
“This building is an example of the great things PCC can accomplish by listening to each other, remaining true to our vision and working together,” Chancellor Lee Lambert said.