Community and college leaders gathered this morning for the grand opening of the David T. Watkins Academic Building.
The 38,000 square foot building is the first project of ten major construction projects in Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making - a plan to complete 10 major projects in the next 10 years to accommodate an enrollment of 2020 students.
The Watkins Academic Building features 13 state-of-the-art classrooms, three conference rooms and new administrative offices. The facility is also the new home of the Bible, Missions, and PACE departments at CBC.
Other features include:
World Map Mural - Nine feet tall and 13 feet wide, the map is 100-percent wood and features each country carefully carved out of a separate piece of timber. The map dominates the entrance into the Office of the President doorway and entrance into the Board Room.
Ronald V. Mitchell Lecture Hall - This 100+ seat lecture hall features presentation screens, a Crestron lectern, and a lecture capture system to allow the recording of lectures and programs in the Hall.
Brittany Parrish Memorial Garden - Features a seating area for guests with a beautiful display of daylilies, azaleas, knock out roses, gardenias, and more.
CBC officials say the campus has been growing rapidly for several years and in the fall of 2011 it was the fastest growing college in Arkansas.