Calhoun breaks ground on Advanced Technology Center expansion

The 57,200-square-foot building will support training programs in aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries

Dr. Jimmy Hodges, president of Calhoun Community College, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the Advanced Technology Center.

Calhoun Community College, in Decatur, has broken ground on an expansion of its Advanced Technology Center.

The project will add a 57,200-square-foot building designed to support training programs in aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries.

The Alabama Community College System identified the expansion project as a critical need and is funding the expansion as part of its ASPIRE 2030 initiative, which aims to provide essential upgrades and new construction at all 24 community colleges in the state.

“We are beyond grateful and excited to be chosen to house such a facility for our students, faculty and staff, and could not have done it without the support of our ACCS team and local legislators,” said Dr. Jimmy Hodges, president of Calhoun Community College.

Calhoun Technologies Dean John Holley said of the new facility, “The building is designed to accommodate specialized spaces for Calhoun’s machine tool technology, welding, aerospace training, industrial systems and technology, Calhoun Workforce Solutions and CDL training programs. Additionally, it will feature high-tech lab spaces, well-equipped classrooms and modern administrative offices, all meticulously designed to facilitate optimal learning experiences.”

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Goodwyn Mills Cawood will be providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering and landscape architecture services for the new facility. Bailey Harris Construction will act as general contractor. The project is scheduled for completion by the spring of 2025.

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