CPCC breaks ground on new Advanced Technology Center

last modified Nov 18, 2016 11:28 AM

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) broke ground on November 18, 2016 on a new Advanced Technology Center, to be located on the college’s Central Campus, at the corner of Charlottetowne Avenue and East 4th Street.

The 80,000 square-foot facility will serve as the home base for multiple high-tech CPCC programs, including mechatronics, electrical and mechanical engineering, the engineering transfer program and others that serve advanced manufacturers and logistics, energy and STEM-related employers in Mecklenburg County.

Rogers Builders is managing the $25.5-million project, with FWA Group providing the design work. The project is being paid for with bond funds passed by Mecklenburg County voters in 2013. The anticipated completion date is spring 2018.

“The new Advanced Technology Center will allow our technology-driven programs to better serve students by providing an upgraded IT infrastructure and modern learning labs for the emerging careers in Mecklenburg County,” said Chris Paynter, CPCC dean of STEM programs. “At the same time, this new building will enable to college to serve its corporate partners and hundreds of local employers even better by offering the best, cutting-edge facilities for incumbent worker training. This new facility will help advanced manufacturing grow in scope and presence in the region.”

Speakers at a morning groundbreaking ceremony included Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president; Ed Dalrymple, chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees; Gary Long, principal with FWA Group; Tommy Norman of the CPCC Foundation; and Paynter.