Mohawk Valley Community College held a ribbon-cutting event on Friday in the Plumley Complex Atrium on the Rome Campus, 1101 Floyd Ave., to mark the completion of the $30 million renovation that began in June 2015.
Several area dignitaries attended and spoke at the event including MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner, MVCC Board of Trustees Chair William Calli Jr., Senator Joseph Griffo, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr., Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo, Oneida County Board of Legislators Chairman Gerald Fiorini, and Dean of the Rome Campus Franca Armstrong.
“There are two things that shape everything we do at MVCC: access and excellence,” Armstrong said. “The fact that this campus exists reflects the commitment of this College and the leadership of Oneida County, both present and past, to ensure the people in central and western Oneida county have a college campus within reach.”
Jack Plumley, former County Executive and the building’s namesake, also said a few words about the importance of this project. “No one can do a project like this alone,” he said. “This is a combined effort of some of the most dedicated individuals. This College is one of the finest economic forces we have. Education is absolutely critical to the success our community.”
The renovations of the project, which was a collaboration with Oneida County and New York State, included:
· Expanding the Plumley Complex by 48,000 square feet with two wings on either side;
· Updating classroom space with modern equipment to allow for expansion of educational interpreting, surgical technician, unmanned aerial systems, cybersecurity, and STEM programs;
· Merging the Library and Learning Center into a Learning Commons, which features four group study rooms, a conference room, a computer lab, math and writing labs, a testing center, and tutoring stations;
· Adding a dining room, and updating the kitchens and cooking labs to be state-of-the-art for the Hospitality programs;
· Adding a 120-person community event room; and
· Improving the parking and quad areas, and the building entrances.
Community tours will be available for anyone interested in seeing the updated campus at 3 p.m. Feb. 14, and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Tours will leave from the Plumley Complex Atrium, just inside of the main entrance.