September 22, 2013
By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer
Memorial Hospital in Martinsville on Friday contributed $100,000 toward equipping the New College Institute (NCI) building being constructed on the Baldwin Block uptown.
The donation was made to NCI’s private fundraising entity, the New College Foundation, as part of a $2 million “Building on Baldwin” campaign to pay for expenses beyond construction costs.
NCI Executive Director William Wampler said the contribution “means a great deal to us” as the institute works to improve local educational opportunities.
Memorial is proud to partner with organizations working to create positive changes in the community, according to Board of Trustees Chairman Dean Johnston and Chief Executive Officer Skip Philips.
Johnston said Memorial and NCI are partners in “a community that is taking charge of its own destiny.”
A prominent space in the new building will be named in recognition of the hospital’s contribution, Wampler said.
The new building’s total cost has been estimated at $18 million. Of that amount, about $13.3 million is for construction. The rest will be for educational equipment and furnishings.
For instance, Wampler said, “every tabletop you see (in the building) will have a box under it” containing controls for state-of-the-art conferencing equipment now used in college classrooms.
Construction began in May. The building is expected to be completed by next spring.
Roughly $17 million in federal and state funds and public and private grants already has been raised to pay the building’s costs. Wampler has declined to provide exact figures, saying it could affect fundraising and procurement.
“We don’t want (equipment and furnishings) vendors to know” exactly how much the institute can spend because it could affect their bids, he said.
However, “we’re getting close to meeting” the $2 million Building on Baldwin campaign goal, he added.
The new three-story, 52,000-square-foot building will be the first structure built specifically for NCI, which operates in several buildings uptown.
New advanced manufacturing, health care technology and entrepreneurism programs are to be housed in the building, which will contain classrooms and other learning spaces designed to help students collaborate on projects.
The building will have industrial bays with ceilings 40 feet high — like those used by most modern manufacturers — and a 10,000-square-foot Grand Hall for gatherings and public events. It also will host NCI’s administrative offices and become home to the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. and the visitors center, both of which now are elsewhere uptown.
NCI officials expect the building initially will help them serve 275 students with job training opportunities. Along with Memorial’s gift, major donations toward the building include:
• Up to $8 million from The Harvest Foundation,
• $5 million from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission,
• $1.75 million from the federal Economic Development Administration,
• $700,000 from a state Community Development Block Grant,
• $500,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission,
• $100,000 from Commonwealth Laminating & Coating Inc.,
• $50,000 from Hooker Furniture Corp., and
• $25,000 from the Charity League of Martinsville & Henry County.
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