NIC to celebrate opening of Health and Sciences Building

Community members are invited to help celebrate the completion of the North Idaho College Health and Sciences Building with a grand opening celebration at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 in the plaza in front of the new facility.

The event will include an appearance by Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, among other dignitaries. Tours of the new facility will also be available, showcasing the building's features and new technology made possible through the Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign.

|photo1|Gov. Kempthorne was also on hand when construction on the long-awaited facility kicked off in March 2004. The project finished on budget and on time, opening with the start of fall semester classes in August.

The $11.9 million NIC Health and Sciences Building was realized when NIC was one of seven colleges and universities across the state to benefit from the passage of facilities bond legislation in 2003 for new campus buildings.

Although the State of Idaho provided funds for the construction of the NIC Health and Sciences Building, the allocated funds only covered the cost of site preparation, construction, fixed equipment and the basic infrastructure. NIC and the nonprofit NIC Foundation were responsible for completing the building by funding the latest technology and instructional equipment in the labs and classrooms.

The opening of the 57,000-square-foot, two-story building increased NIC's general classroom capacity by 25 percent. The state-of-the-art building includes 10 general use classrooms, eight labs, a theater-style auditorium with seating for 100, a smaller auditorium with seating for 60 and two video broadcast classrooms.

The NIC Health and Sciences Building is located north of Edminster Student Union Building on College Drive.

The grand opening will include refreshments and is free and open to the public. Parking permits will not be required on campus the day of the event.

Information: (208) 769-3316.

For More Information
NIC Assistant to the President for Community Relations Kent Propst, (208) 769-3404

Posted: Friday, Sept. 23, 2005

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