Volunteer State Community College had a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Jan. 16 for the soon-to-be built Humanities building.
The event was in the Mary Cole Nichols Carpeted Dining Room from 7:30-8:45 a.m. and began with a breakfast buffet.
The Vol State Jazz Ensemble, including James Story, chair of Visual and Performing Arts and Ben Graves, instructor of Music, performed in a corner of the dining room.
Lauren Shifflett Wiese, a Studio Art major, displayed and executed her charcoal sketches of the event.
Pam Nixon and Leanne Tucker, Vol State students, presented and produced examples of their printmaking work.
There were also layout designs of the three different floors in the new building and computer generated pictures of the displayed.
Dr. Jerry Faulkner, president of Vol State, mentioned in his opening statements that the new humanities building had been a vision for the school for 12 years.
It is going to be the largest building on the Gallatin campus.
“I did not know that it was [88,345] square feet. That’s amazing. So I’m very excited to see the school really expanding we have all this wonderful campus. And I’m glad to see that the humanities will actually have a home finally,” said Weise.
Some of the features in the new Humanities building include; 23 classrooms, 56 offices, 11 collaborative study areas, an outdoor amphitheater and courtyard, computer labs, art gallery and a recording studio.
“I’m very excited that it’s going to be the biggest building on site. Finally all the arts, fine arts, music, our theater gets to be in one building. I think it’s going to be easier and better for collaboration reasons in all respects,” said Kealani Hughes, student president of Delta Psi Omega, Vol State’s theater club.
“I think it’s exciting. I think it says a lot for Vol State in terms of where we’re going as a college and there’s a lot for the community as well,” said Lauren Collier, executive assistant to the office of the president.
Tyler Dunn, a Vol State student, was the first to speak at the ceremony after Faulkner’s opening remarks. Dunn spoke about his experience as an Entertainment Media Production major and how the new building will benefit students.
“The new Humanities building has so much potential and I’m so excited for the opportunity and achievement to come … not just for me but for future students, ” said Dunn in his speech.
Other speakers at the event included Bea Thompson of Moody Nolan and Tom Lampe from Messer Construction who provided more information about the process and how the new building will improve the Vol State campus.
“It is a very good idea to have all these people to come together to collaborate and that is why it’s so beautiful. … It’s not so great that all the arts are scattered out,” said William York, a member of Delta Psi.
The completion date for the building is expected to take place in Summer 2016.
“As soon as you open the doors you’re going to be in the mood to achieve,” said Cindy Fox, a theater major.