TNCC Readies New Campus


Published: June 24, 2009

The Daily Press

Construction workers scurried around Thomas Nelson Community College’s Historic Triangle Campus on Tuesday as they put finishing touches on the first building of the school’s new James City County location.

About a dozen workers spent the afternoon landscaping the exterior of the building and wiring classrooms for new equipment and technology as TNCC officials gear up for July 6, when students will use the building for the first time as they register for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 22.

The three-story masonry and brick building — projected to cost more than $28 million — is one of five being planned for the 73-acre site next to Warhill High School on Opportunity Way, just off Centerville Road.

The college has operated out of temporary facilities at Busch Corporate Center for years, but chose more than five years ago to build a larger and permanent campus to better serve its population of 1,250 students.

“We’re very excited about our new building and what we’re going to be able to offer here,” said William Travis, the Historic Triangle Campus provost.

The campus will offer classes in more than a dozen degree and certificate programs. It will also be home to college’s dental hygiene program, which is scheduled to open in 2010.

The new building will also provide space for the campus to expand and offer resources — such as a library — that the college couldn’t provide at its previous James City location, Travis said.

By the numbers

Thomas Nelson Community College’s Historic Triangle Campus will open July 6. Classes begin Aug. 22.

  • Number of acres: 73
  • Number of buildings complete: 1
  • Size of building: 120,000 square feet
  • Cost of building: More than $28 million



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