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WVNCC student union to open today

July 15, 2013
By SHELLEY HANSON - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

WHEELING - West Virginia Northern Community College officials planned to unveil their new student union building during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for local and state officials today.

The structure, once home to a Straub Hyundai car dealership, also will house a Barnes & Noble Bookstore and coffee shop on the first floor that also will serve the public.

Construction on the $2.1 million project began last September. In addition to local, state and college officials, representatives of Barnes & Noble also were expected to attend the event.

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FINAL TOUCHES — Lash Paving of Colerain workers, from left, Brian Gosbin, Randy Homan and Paul Ondrick, spread pavement Friday on the parking lot of West Virginia Northern Community College’s student union building in downtown Wheeling. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was planned today for the building. — Shelly Hanson

There was a flurry of activity at the site on Friday with men working quickly on paving the parking lot, installing signage and lights and laying tile inside and brick on the sidewalks outside. Workers also could be seen putting the finishing touches on the bookstore and its offerings.

Lash Paving of Colerain workers said they would finish laying the base coat and then install the top coat of pavement today on the parking lot. Fresh landscaping also is expected to be planted around the building in preparation for the outdoor ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday.

The student union building is located adjacent to WVNCC's other newly renovated structure, the Applied Technology Center, which was the former Straub Honda dealership, at the corner of 16th and Market streets. That project cost $3.88 million and is expected to open for classes this fall.

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