Wor-Wic Begins Construction of Workforce Building
April 12, 2006

Construction has begun on a new $15 million, 48,000 square foot workforce development building on the campus of Wor-Wic Community College east of Salisbury.

Scheduled to open in the fall of 2007, the new three-story building will provide a central location for programs, courses and services offered to local business and industry by bringing together the continuing education office, which offers non-credit courses in a variety of occupational areas and customized training for business and industry, and credit program accommodations for students studying for jobs in accounting, business, hotel-motel-restaurant management (HMR) and office technology.

"We're in our 19th year of consecutive enrollment growth," said Dr. Ray Hoy, Wor-Wic's president. "Our student body has grown by 40 percent in the past five years. We're still trying to build the facilities to catch up with this growth. The additional classroom space this facility will provide is essential, but one of the most important aspects of this building is the space it will provide for business and industry training programs."

The new workforce building will also alleviate space constraints in existing buildings created as a result of new programs created in recent years, including early childhood education, elementary and secondary education transfer, emergency medical services, help desk technology, Internet technology and a new computer science transfer program, as well as program expansions of nursing and radiologic technology.

Dr. Stephen L. Capelli, vice president for academic and student affairs, said that "new programs and increasing enrollments have strained the availability of classroom, laboratory and office space on campus. We've been in a continuous building mode since 1991."

Capelli said that one of the most interesting features of the new building is a specially-designed lecture room that can hold up to 150 people, or it can be converted into three separate rooms. "There's a catering kitchen nearby," Capelli added. "This is the type of space area employers like to see for the full-day training sessions we offer for their employees."

Wor-Wic's HMR program, which is currently located at the college’s Berlin-Ocean City Instructional Center in Berlin, will relocate to the new building once construction is complete. A new culinary arts program will be added, and the new building will house restaurant, bar and catering environments similar to those that graduates will find in the community. Overhead video cameras and television monitors will allow students and faculty members to watch and learn cooking techniques from each other without having to crowd around a single workstation.

The building was designed by Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet (CSD) Architects of Baltimore and will be built by Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. of Cambridge.

ARCHITECT’S RENDERING. The new workforce development building at Wor-Wic Community College, shown here in an architect’s rendering, will be 48,000 square feet. Located to the east of Henson Hall at the north end of the campus, the new building will provide classroom, laboratory and office space for the community and continuing education office and programs in accounting, business, hotel-motel-restaurant management and office technology.

SITE PLAN. The architect's updated site plan of the Wor-Wic Community College campus shows the location of the new workforce development building.