Flathead Valley Community College recently announced its plans to expand the Kalispell campus over the next two years in order to better serve students and the community. At a press conference on January 22, FVCC President Jane Karas and FVCC ONE Campaign Chair Justin Sliter outlined the goals of the ONE Campaign, a privately funded philanthropic effort to support the construction of a new Library/Learning Commons and a College Center.
To date, $5.6 million has been raised in support of the $18 million project. Construction of the Library/Learning Commons will begin this spring with plans to open the facility in January 2019.
“We extend our deepest gratitude to the Broussard family for their continued support and lead gift of $2.5 million for a Library/Learning Commons addition to the Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science,” said Karas. “The generosity of the Broussard family continues to provide endless possibilities for our students and the community.”
As an addition to the existing Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science, the 12,000-square-foot Library/Learning Commons will include a library with leading-edge technologies, collaborative spaces for small group projects, a student lounge area, multi-media services, a Makerspace and a virtual reality lab.
“The Library/Learning Commons will provide new and exciting opportunities for students and community members to learn, create and innovate,” said Karas.
Construction of the College Center will begin in the spring of 2019 with plans to open the facility in the fall of 2020. The 50,000-square-foot Center will include a performance and lecture hall, a multi-purpose activity center with two full basketball courts, an outdoor amphitheater and a lobby with a secured art gallery.
Glacier Symphony is partnering with FVCC to raise funds for the performance hall, which will serve as the organization’s home.
FVCC will seek bids for the construction of Phase I, the Library/Learning Commons later this spring.
For more information about the ONE Campaign or to make a charitable gift in support of the campaign, contact FVCC Foundation Executive Director Colleen Unterreiner at (406)756-3914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.