Three Rivers College marked the continuation of a series of expansions and renovations across its 15-county service area with a groundbreaking ceremony for its Humanities and Social Sciences classroom building, Wednesday on the college’s Poplar Bluff campus. President Dr. Devin Stephenson says their efforts are continuing to meet the demands faced as the primary job creator for Southeast Missouri. The 40,000-square-foot classroom building, when completed, will include the college’s first lecture hall, 16 state-of-the-art classrooms, and three computer labs. The structure will also contain a two-story FEMA-certified safe room capable of withstanding 200-mile-per-hour winds. Construction is expected to cost $6.3 million and be completed in spring 2015. It’s partially funded by a $2.6 million federal FEMA safe room grant, with the remainder provided through the fundraising efforts of the Three Rivers Endowment Trust and a bond issue.
Three Rivers leaders and members of the community gather to break ground on Three Rivers College’s new Humanities and Social Sciences building. Front Row, L-R: Ben Ressel, Trustee; Randy Grassham, Trustee; Randy Winston, Trustee; Darren Garrison, Chair of the Three Rivers Board of Trustees; Dr. Devin Stephenson, President of Three Rivers College; Phil Davis, Trustee; and Wilbur Thornton, Trustee. Back row, L-R: Ben Traxel, Architect; Rep. Steve Cookson; Emily Parks, Executive Director of the Three Rivers Endowment Trust; Steve Halter, President of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce; Riley Bock, Chair of the Three Rivers Endowment Trust; and Tony Pardew, President of Olympus Construction, Inc.
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