Fifteen months from now a new building will sit across from Zane State on ground that once house the county home.
Despite the rain for those at Zane State, Thursday, was a beautiful day. Shovels in hand dignitaries broke ground on the new Advanced Science and Technology Center.
"Today begins a milestone journey that began more than 2 years ago when Zane State College and the people of Southeastern Ohio came together and pledged to build a vibrant community," said Chair of Zane State College Foundation Board of Directors John Matesich.
"To me this is Christmas day," added 94th District Representative Brian Hill. "This is a gift that all of you are not only giving to all of our students,but what an opportunity and investment you are making in your community this is truly a gift and this is Christmas day in Zanesville, Ohio."
The vision of this 46,000 sq. foot facility is to be a hub of a high tech corridor where students will become skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine. The college estimates that the building will allow 500 more students a semester a chance to work in the state and in Appalachia, Ohio.
"Ohio along with other parts of the nation has had itself a workforce crisis over the past few years," explained State Senator Troy Balderson. "On one hand we've had severe job shortages. On the other hand we have jobs that will go unfilled because we don't have a workforce training for jobs."
"Our future is here. Our time is now," chimed in Zane State President Dr. Paul Brown. "As educators Zane State is committed to providing a workforce with the skills that are needed for the jobs for today and the jobs of tomorrow."
The building will also be built using the very technology the students will be learning about including a dual axis windmill that will be installed as part of the alternative energy program, a digital video studio, a robotics lab and a rooftop garden along with science labs.
"We have taken a critical step not only for the future of this college but for the future of our community," said Zanesville Mayor Jeff Tilton.
The new Advanced Science and Technology Center will open in January of 2014. SHP Leading Design architectural firm is designing the facility while Quandel Construction will serve as construction manager.