College Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for CIT Building, Facilities Services Complex
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College administrators cut the ribbon Thursday on the college’s new Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) Building and Facilities Services Complex.
Designed by Greenville’s Hite Associates, the buildings add more than 90,000 square feet of instructional space, offices and storage areas to the west side of campus at a cost of $10.2 million.
The 57,796-square-foot CIT Building features a center hallway stretching nearly a tenth of a mile with offices and classrooms on one side and labs and work bays on the other. The building is home to the Automotive Systems Technology and Building Construction Technology programs.
The CIT Building provides three new shops for automotive instruction – each shop larger than the previous one the program utilized in the Vernon E. White Building.
Each shop is dedicated a particular aspect of automotive repair – brakes/suspension, electronics/drivability, and engine/transmission. They offer a number of safety features, including carbon monoxide detection equipment.
Just down from the automotive area are a pair of carpentry workshops for the Building Construction program.
The shops feature reconfigurable power and dust collection systems as well as a shutdown switch capable of immediately cutting power to all equipment in the event of an emergency.
A paint booth is situated between the carpentry shops and is designed to trap and ventilate fumes from paints and varnishes.
The main building of the Facilities Services Complex is one story and encompasses 24,462 square feet. The college’s maintenance, grounds, purchasing and courier services are located in the complex, which features offices, a conference room, warehouses, a mail room and carpentry shop.
Both the CIT Building and Facilities Maintenance Complex are located on Warren Drive, west of Reedy Branch Road on property the college purchased in 1992 for expansion purposes. Funding for their construction was provided through a quarter-cent sales tax increase Pitt County voters approved in 2007.