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BSC’s Basic Science building becoming a “Cooler Place,” with a big assist from the Recovery Act and the Higher Education Policy Commission (w/photo)

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    Wednesday, June 01 2011
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(Bluefield)—With a big assist from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WV HEPC), work has begun on a complete heating/air conditioning upgrade in the Brown-Gilbert Basic Science Building at Bluefield State College.

The College received $850,000 from the Recovery Act, in addition to a $750,000 WV HEPC loan.  BSC allocated $500,000 toward the project, which began in May.  “We are extremely grateful for the external support from the Recovery Act and for the HEPC loan,” observed Shelia Johnson, the College’s Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs.

“The Basic Science Building project includes an HVAC upgrade in the auditorium and throughout each of the classrooms and laboratories on the upper three floors of the building,” Johnson added.  “The original HVAC system was 40 years old, and the new system is projected to result in an energy savings of more than $40,000 a year.”

The Basic Science Building houses the College’s School of Arts & Sciences, as well as a 500-seat auditorium that hosts College and community theatrical and musical productions, meetings, several academic competitions involving area public school students, Model United Nations conferences, and more.

“This project represents a tremendous commitment to improve facilities and promote an environment that makes it easier to teach, learn, work, and enjoy the experience,” Johnson said.