The building, which is WCC's first new construction project in more than a decade, will bring all of the college's automotive and collision repair classrooms, bays, workrooms and offices under one roof. They are currently spread through four buildings around a vehicle containment lot.
The front of the building will be conventional construction and the rear will be a pre-engineered building with accommodations for possible expansion. It was designed for maximum flexibility and will feature open spaces that can be used for meetings and training, collaboration space for students, classrooms on a mezzanine which overlook lab spaces and a lobby with an automotive showroom feel. Special accrediting requirements from partner automotive manufacturers have also been factored into the design.
The new building site, which is currently a paved parking lot, has been surveyed and is ready for site prep and creation of the building pad.
The building is scheduled to be ready for occupancy for classes in the fall 2020 semester.
The $7 million cost of this project is funded by part of WCC's allotment from the Connect NC Bond approved by voters in 2016, along with county funds and a donation for "equipment and student enhancement" from the college's foundation.