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11/5/2012 6:52:00 AM
Yavapai College renovation grand opening Nov. 13
A new entrance now greets visitors, employees and students of the Verde Campus of Yavapai College. The entrance is part of the $17.4 million renovation project now nearly complete. Landscaping will be the last part of the project and will begin soon.
A new entrance now greets visitors, employees and students of the Verde Campus of Yavapai College. The entrance is part of the $17.4 million renovation project now nearly complete. Landscaping will be the last part of the project and will begin soon.
Building F is nearly complete and will house the art gallery, food service and student activities.
Building F is nearly complete and will house the art gallery, food service and student activities.

Philip Wright
Staff Reporter


CLARKDALE - "All in all, it's gone relatively well," said James Perey, dean of the Verde Campus of Yavapai College. He was talking about the nearly complete $17.4 million renovation project.

"We still have some construction taking place on the central plant," he said Thursday morning. "Everything should be done by the open house."

The open house will be held on campus Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 601 Black Hills Dr. in Clarkdale. The event will include a short program featuring recent renovations. Refreshments will be provided and tours of the campus will be offered. Administrators, instructors, staff and students will be available to answer questions about Yavapai College educational opportunities at the Verde Campus.

"We want to thank the community during this season of thanks for their support of the college," stated Dr. Penny Wills, president of Yavapai College. "We're eager to show everyone the results of the $17.4 million we invested in the campus this year to make it an even more attractive option for everyone's higher education needs."

In a release announcing the open house, Mike Lange, director of marketing and communications, stated that the renovations included five campus buildings and refurbished classrooms that incorporate the latest technology to enhance both on-site and distance educational opportunities.

"The project, headed up by Kinney Construction Services (KCS), incorporated such green building elements as highly efficient HVAC units and electrical fixtures, low-flow plumbing fixtures and use of materials with high-recycled content," Lange stated.

He explained that KCS arranged for 85 percent of subcontracts, services and materials to be provided by Northern Arizona vendors.

"The construction company has been fantastic," Perey said. "It's always difficult with a project this large."

He said that the landscaping, basically the last part of the project, will take place shortly.

Everybody is excited about having Building F completed," Perey said.

That building now houses the campus art gallery, food service and student activities.

Other changes explained by Perey include Building G had all rooms retrofitted with the newest technology. Building M included improvements to the library and the faculty offices were moved upstairs.

"Building H used to be administration and food service," Perey said. "It now houses all art programs."

Perey said the campus has gained classroom capacity with fewer classrooms. He said he is looking forward to growing the enrollment of the campus.


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