KVCC breaks ground on new classroom, laboratory building in Hinckley

Posted Nov. 20, 2013, at 5:10 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 20, 2013, at 6:38 p.m.

HINCKLEY, Maine — Kennebec Valley Community College broke ground on a new classroom and laboratory building at the Harold Alfond Campus on Wednesday.

The 16,500 square foot building will contain classrooms, faculty offices, laboratories, a computer lab, a 60-seat tiered auditorium, a student lounge and informal learning space, according to a statement released by the college. It will be completed in time for the start of the 2014 fall semester.

“This new structure is central to KVCC’s transition to a two-campus college by next fall,” the college said in a statement. “Many of the college’s existing academic programs currently located at the Fairfield campus will move to an existing classroom building on the Alfond Campus in Hinckley.”

New two-year degree and certificate programs in sustainable agriculture, food science and culinary arts will be based in the new building.

In 2012, the Maine Community College System obtained nearly 600 acres at the former Good Will-Hinckley School. The land afforded KVCC the opportunity to establish a second campus to develop new academic programs. Also, there is a 120-acre certified organic farm on the campus.