HCC 1HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (8/17/19) — Hopkinsville Community College administrators welcomed donors and members of the press to an unveiling of the college’s first new construction in almost 20 years.

HCC’s Emerging Technologies Center was a $15 million capital project with 25 percent of the cost raised locally in the BuildSmart campaign.

The new facility consists of 45,000 square feet with state-of-the-art fiber optic cable connected/flexible space classrooms and is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified design. The building has unique features with an open design and dramatic social staircase suitable for student gatherings or lecture space. One of the most prominent features is the college’s original sign from 1965 is hung in the atrium. This teal, Kentucky-shaped sign is a nod to the college’s history. The sign was curated by Professor Emeritus William T. Turner, and donated to President Alissa Young, presentedy by Turner during Friday's celebration.

Terri Henderson and Easton Glover were co-chairs of the BuildSmart campaign, who raised funds for this project, HCC spokeswoman Rena Young reported. Gifts included 100 percent giving by HCC Board of Directors, HCC Foundation Board of Directors and President’s Cabinet of the college. Faculty, staff, community members, businesses, utilities and government partners made more than 170 gifts.

Every space in the building is named for the donor who supported the project, Young said.

HCC President Dr. Alissa Young expresses gratitude while stating, “It is my pleasure to share that the final remaining naming opportunity left in the building, the second floor glassed conference room, was purchased by Don and Terri Henderson, in honor of their families. Young continued, “I continue to say great things are happening at HCC, and it is so true. Don and Terri, thank you for your repeated generosity toward the students of HCC and this project. Over the years, you have, time and again, given so that others can achieve their personal educational and training goals.”

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Christian County Fiscal Court and the City of Hopkinsville’s investments include the open atrium and social staircase spaces. The social staircase features USB ports and electrical outlets for students to charge devices as they meet to study or relax between classes. Christian County Fiscal Court has provided an additional classroom space for allied health. Jennie Stuart Health Simulation Center will provide human simulation-based training in spacious state of practice facilities. Observation and debriefing rooms will facilitate student learning and efficacy. Trigg County Fiscal Court and Todd County Fiscal Court have provided collaboration spaces in the end wings of the second floor. The Kyong (Wendy) and Fred Anderson Seminar Room provides conference and event seating for up to 154 guests. The Anderson Seminar Room will provide opportunities for the college to host large conferences, meetings and events. A gift from Don and Terri Henderson provided the Maxwell Eaker-Henderson Computer Classroom, named in honor of their grandson. This space includes 64 computer stations with teaching center. An additional gift from the Hendersons in honor of their family has underwritten the second floor glassed conference space. The estate of William Hinton, a former dean of student affairs at HCC provided support for student life spaces. Beth Mann’s gift in memory of Elizabeth and D.J. Everett supports the flexible use space that will house a variety of allied health programs. Pennyrile Electric Cooperative’s gift underwrites the spacious new board meeting room. Planters Bank funding has provided the open concept glassed entry conference room. The Rechter Family Trust funded the flexible teaching space that will include precision agriculture instruction. In memory of Jack Moore, United Southern Bank has helped provide space to be used for surgical technician instruction. Flynn Enterprises funding has supported adaptable instruction space for allied health. Mike and Marilyn Foster provided support for the Foster Center of Excellence, which allows capacity to include an ambulance for training in paramedic and emergency medical technician education. Hopkinsville Electric System’s gift provides general education classroom space, accommodating a wide range of subject material. First Financial Bank’s gift underwrites space that will be used for various allied health programs including massage therapy. The Cadiz Rotary Club’s gift assisted in funding the second floor computer laboratory containing 48 computer stations. General education classroom space seating up to twenty students has been provided by a gift from Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority. Gifts of $5,000+ are recognized on the donor wall.

In 2014, the Kentucky General Assembly authorized Gov. Steve Beshear’s initiative, the KCTCS BuildSmart Investment for Kentucky Competitiveness. Construction began in October of 2017. The project’s architectural firm was Hafer Associates and the building contractor was Alliance Corp. The project was completed under the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin.

A public ribbon cutting with the Christian County Chamber of Commerce will be held at noon Thursday, Aug. 29.

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