Wor-Wic Community College held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new applied technology building Thursday afternoon.
The building, officially named the Patricia and Alan Guerrieri Technology Center, will feature a lounge area, classrooms and offices.
It will also house flex labs, industrial/HVAC labs, welding labs, makerspace labs, and CDL and welding simulation rooms.
Construction begins immediately. The $36 million project, which will be completed in two phases, is slated to be finished in April 2023.
The first phase will focus on construction of the 40,000-square-foot building, while the second phase will entail new roadways and an expanded parking lot.
Wor-Wic expects the project to change the landscape of campus through increased visibility, the expanded parking lot and new traffic patterns.
The state will fund 75% of the project, Wicomico County will fund 18% and Worcester County will fund 7%.
Wor-Wic also announced a major fundraising campaign at the groundbreaking. The Preparing for a Stronger Tomorrow Campaign aims to raise $10 million for new building equipment, updated technology across campus and scholarships.
Before making the campaign public, Wor-Wic had already raised over $8 million.
Those in attendance at the ceremony included Wor-Wic President Murray Hoy, State Sen. Mary Beth Carozza, Speaker Pro Tempore Sheree Sample-Hughes, Acting Wicomico County Executive John Psota and Worcester County Commissioner Joseph Mitrecic.
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