BRCC unveils new Houff Student Center renovations

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WEYERS CAVE, Va. (WHSV) -- On Monday, from 2 to 4 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for new renovations and additions to the Houff Student Center on campus.

Ribbon Cutting: Delegate Steve Landes, Frank Tamberino (President of Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce) Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Houff, Dr. John Downey (President of BRCC), Delegate Dickie Bell, and Linda Hershey (President of the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce)

Guests to the event included Delegates Steve Landes and Dickie Bell, Frank Tamberino, the President of Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, Linda Hershey, the President of the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Dr. John Downey, President of BRCC, and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Houff, who represented the Houff family.

The additions to the Houff Student Center nearly double the size of the original building, which was built in 1974. The total cost of the project was $11.8 million, according to Bridget Baylor, Director of Public Relations for BRCC.

The Houff Student Center houses all Student Services functions – advising, admissions and records, student financials and financial aid, career services, etc., in addition to the library and cafeteria. The addition includes several general classrooms, office spaces, informal study areas, and chemistry labs.

Last month, BRCC was named a "Great College to Work For," and that story can be found in the 'Related Stories' section of this article.

Photo in new classroom
Dr. Downey talks about the need for training and education in the sciences. Photo taken in new chemistry lab.
Dwight Houff represented the Houff family at the event. Charlotte and Cletus Houff donated the original land that the college was built on in the 1960’s.