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GCC Hosts Grand Opening of Life Sciences Building

January 14, 2009

Suzanne Higgins 623.845.3808
Patricia Rhodes Vogel 623.845.3014

Life Science students who begin biology, nursing or psychology classes at Glendale Community College on Jan. 20 will be awed by the new Life Sciences Building which enjoyed a grand opening Jan. 14. Numerous dignitaries from GCC, the Maricopa County Community College District, GouldEvans Design and DPR Construction, as well as many community members, attended the gala event.

The three-story 63,000 square-foot building contains classroom space for 300 students, 62 faculty offices, nine biology labs, a vivarium (animal lab), four nursing observation pods, a large amphitheater, meeting rooms, a working greenhouse and a small café. The beautiful café features food service and seating on the ground floor and additional seating on an open second floor mezzanine which overlooks the lower floor. A two-story glass wall affords both eating levels a beautiful view of the campus and beautiful natural lighting. The building features numerous "green" features, including water-efficient landscaping.

A program held in the front courtyard west of the building featured speakers from GCC, GouldEvans and DPR. After the program, the audience entered the building to enjoy a buffet in the bi-level café and guided tours of the state-of-the-art building.

New Life Sciences Building at Glendale Community College

Dr. Velvie Green, president of GCC, addresses the audience at the grand opening of the GCC Life Sciences Building.

Grand Opening guests enjoy a buffet in the bi-level café of the GCC Life Sciences Building.

Nursing classroom.

The ribbon cutting

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