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Construction to Start Soon on New Addition to College’s Craig F. Goess Student Center

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

Opened in 2009, the Craig F. Goess Student Center brought a number of student services at PCC together under one roof. Construction of a new addition to the building will get underway soon to provide space for more services, including the college bookstore, a computer lab, and career center.

WINTERVILLE—Construction of a new addition to Pitt Community College’s Craig F. Goess Student Center is expected to begin this month.

At a cost of $3.58 million, PCC is adding 15,000 square feet to Goess to house the college’s bookstore and a variety of other services, including a career center, conference rooms, computer lab and student lounge, according to Don Heisey, PCC vice president of administrative services.

Heisey said funding for the Goess addition comes from a combination of state, local and private money, including nearly $1 million left over from construction of PCC’s Charles Russell and Construction and Industrial Technology buildings. He said profits from the PCC Bookstore are also being used to pay for the project.

Designed by JKF Architecture, Heisey said the one-story addition to Goess is actually a scaled-down version of the original plan and will be built by Hudson Brothers Construction. Both companies are based in Greenville, he said.

PCC President G. Dennis Massey says the bookstore will move from its current location in the Vernon E. White Building to the Goess Student Center early next year “if all goes well.”

As Goess undergoes construction, Massey said the college would do its best to minimize interference with scheduled activities and student services. He added that PCC was preparing to utilize the Ed and Joan Warren Building as a venue for activities as well, especially during New Student Orientation this summer.

Heisey said the existing Goess parking lot should remain open during the construction project, which includes a new parking lot that adds approximately 70 spaces.