Workforce Development Center on Schedule
November 02, 2006

Scheduled to open in the fall of 2007, Wor-Wic Community College’s current construction project, a new workforce development center, is underway and progressing on schedule.

The steel framework for the three-story, 48,000 square foot building is nearly complete and the metal floor decks are all in place. The concrete floors of the first and second stories are complete, and progress is being made on the third floor and attic. Installation of the metal roof is almost complete.

Masons are installing the exterior concrete blocks with the intention of having the building closed in before the winter weather arrives.

Electrical and mechanical work will begin this fall and continue during the winter months, along with the construction of the interior metal studwork.

It is expected that the drywall installation, painting and other finishing touches will begin in the spring and continue throughout the summer.

The new building will provide a central location for programs, courses and services offered to local business and industry by bringing together the continuing education office and credit program accommodations for students studying for jobs in accounting, business, hotel-motel-restaurant management (HMR) and office technology.

The new workforce building will also alleviate space constraints in existing buildings created as a result of new programs added in recent years.

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 plasma screen 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. It is being built by the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. of Cambridge.