College set to break ground on new Aviation buildingSubmitted on: 03-29-2007
College leaders are hosting a groundbreaking at Aims Community College’s Greeley campus for the construction of a new building to house the aviation department. The general public is welcome to attend the groundbreaking on March 30, at 11:30 a.m. The ceremonial shovels will dig in just south of the college’s current Flight Simulator building. The $1.8 million project is expected to be completed before the fall semester begins on Sept. 4. H&L Architecture and JBA Inc. designed the plans and Roche Constructors has been selected as the general contractor. The 8,100-square-foot building will include two flight simulator labs, classrooms, faculty offices, student common areas and room to expand the program, possibly with the addition of an Air Traffic Controller program, which the college is currently investigating the feasibility of offering. “We’re so excited for the fall,” said department chair Gina West. “When you walk into this building, you’ll have a strong sense that you’re in an aviation atmosphere.” In-flight training for the aviation program will continue to be based at the Greeley/Weld airport, while the recently launched helicopter program will continue to operate from the Fort Collins/Loveland airport.
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