Speakers at the event spoke to a crowd before the groundbreaking. Shown above, left to right, are: Linda Rice, Provost, Chesapeake Campus; Alan P. Krasnoff, Mayor, City of Chesapeake; LaVonne Ellis, Chair, TCC Board. Below, left to right, are: Brandon Morgan, student, Chesapeake Campus; Deborah M. DiCroce, President, TCC.
President DiCroce noted that the Student Center and Academic Building are being built on a 24-acre parcel acquired by the city and conveyed to the college. The city provided $4.2 million for site development, including some 380 much-needed parking spaces.
The $32.5 million Academic Building will span 60,000 square feet over 3 stories, including a large general assembly space with seating for 200.
The $20.75 million Student Center, with over 57,000 square feet and 3 stories, will offer a Campus Café with an exterior deck overlooking the pond and Audubon Sanctuary, and will feature numerous student services including child-minding, spaces for student government and clubs and a student lounge.
TCC Board and Educational Foundation members joined the president, mayor, city officials, provost and students for the ceremonial emptying of buckets of soil at the groundbreaking site.