BCC Beacon Hall & Nicholas Center Expansion and Renovations

  • Size: 88,719 SF

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Independence Construction
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Virginia Community College System
Brightpoint Community College
Grimm + Parker

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A portion of the renovated Beacon Hall is dedicated to Health Sciences and houses the college’s Nursing and EMS/Paramedic programs. Relocated from leased space off-campus, the new nursing suite provides state-of-the-art facilities that offer authentic learning experiences in a setting that emulates a hospital wing. New health sciences labs include nursing and EMS skills labs and simulation labs as well as a nurses’ station.

Beacon Hall is also home to new natural science labs and a shared “commons” space designed to promote interdisciplinary exchange between the natural and health sciences. Science faculty offices, shared classrooms, and a learning lounge for informal learning and social activities complete the learning community at Beacon Hall.

Nicholas Center – the campus’s student center featuring a bookstore, fitness center, student lounge, and the president’s office – has nearly doubled its size with a 25,500 SF addition that houses the college’s workforce development program, the Community College Workforce Alliance. In addition to classroom spaces, the new William H. Talley, III Center for Workforce Development features a large, flexible lab that can be configured to meet the needs of a wide variety of training programs.

The renovated Nicholas Center also includes:

  • A large conference room that can be used for workforce training and other activities
  • New collaborative spaces for students and the Office of Student Activities
  • A larger bookstore with a café
  • Additional general classroom and office space

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