GWC Breaks Ground for Massive Math-Science Building


Groundbreaking for GWC’s new 120,000 square foot Math and Science Building was held on May 4, 2017. After welcoming the guests, President Wes Bryan pointed out to all of the Star Wars fans that this was an appropriate date for a Science Building groundbreaking, and “May the Fourth be With You!”

Vice Chancellor Andy Dunn, spoke on behalf of the Citizen’s Oversight Committee, stating that the new building will be the largest building in the District. It is over three times the size of the current building but will use less energy. Construction will begin in July and it is expected to take about two years to complete.

The building will feature a STEM Center, to serve as a creative space to foster innovation and invention. It will redefine how our college interfaces with the community.

Trustee President Grant spoke about the new building as not being just another building on the campus. “This will be a place for inspiration and encouragement,” said Grant. “Good things—important things, will happen here.”

Jeff Courchaine, Dean of Math and Science, thanked everyone who contributed to “making it happen” with a special recognition to the architect who designed the building.

Taking part in the “shoveling photos” from the Coast Community College District were Vice Chancellor Andrea Serban; Vice Chancellor Andrew Dunn; and Board of Trustees David Grant, Mary Hornbuckle, and Dr. Lorraine Prinsky. Other guests who were invited to participate, included public officials, members of the Citizen’s Oversight Committee, and GWC Math and Science staff, faculty, students, retirees, and administrators.