Blue Ridge Community and Technical College President Peter G. Checkovich gives faculty and staff a tour of the school's new campus building Friday.
"Who's ready to move out (here)?," CTC President Peter G. Checkovich asked the smiling group toward the end of a tour he conducted.
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The three-story, academic/administration building on the college's new 46-acre campus at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive west of Martinsburg is on track to be ready for the beginning of fall semester classes on Aug. 20, Checkovich
College administrators are planning to move from leased first-floor space in the Berkeley County administration building at 400 W. Stephen St. in July, he
The building is about 20,000-square-feet larger than the leased space, and Checkovich
pointed to multiple places for students to study, gather and sleep.
"And they do sleep," Checkovich
Just beyond the building's welcome desk, an Internet cafe taking shape in the building will seat more than 70 students, Checkovich
A place for students to eat and a bookstore will be operated nearby.
While lacking furnishings and finishing touches, most of the building's interior walls appeared to be painted.
Tile and carpet flooring was in varying stages of completion.
About the only significant challenge that will not be addressed by the first day of classes will be the lack of a left-turn lane that is needed on Apple Harvest Drive (W.Va. 45), Checkovich
Until the road is widened, he
said the college may need assistance with traffic direction at the campus entrance.
Trees will be planted along the entrance road to the campus, and some large rocks unearthed by site preparation will become part of landscaping in front of the building, Checkovich