Construction Workforce Development Center

Major New Facility Planned for Wellsville Campus

Building Trades to Get New Home

Alfred State College's acclaimed Building Trades Department is creating a facility large enough to house its comprehensive programs and worthy of its reputation. The new $4.1 million Construction Workforce Development Center is sure to be a crown jewel.

Alfred State's Building Trades Department has built a sterling reputation. Award winning, the carpentry students finished first in the national Skills USA competition in 2000 and masonry and carpentry students both finished third in the nation in 1999. To ensure that students continue to succeed, bigger and better facilities are a must.

The Building Trades Department has outgrown its existing facilities. For example, some building trade labs have been moved to the Student Activities Center because of space constraints. The new 30,000 square-foot facility will allow the College to enhance its programs and increase the hands-on learning experience. The facility will also allow the College to house all of its building trades workshops and training sessions under one roof.

Alfred State and a coalition of the region's construction industry leaders are raising funds for the workforce development facility. They are not starting from scratch. The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., which leases the campus property to the State University of New York, committed $300,000 to the building project, which was designed by Mossien Associates. In addition, former U.S. Rep. Randy Kuhl secured $200,000 for the building from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The planning and exterior shell of the building is complete. Over $1M has been raised to cover the cost of the exterior shell, which was erected in the summer of 2008, and support is needed to complete the interior work. College officials believe that the building will cost much less than the estimated cost of $4.1 million to construct as students get involved in the project through live lab work and donations of services, materials, and equipment pour in.

The College is accepting support of cash and securities, and support can be pledged over a five-year period. Contributions of materials, equipment, and services are also gratefully being accepted. The College is also open to a combination of cash and deferred contributions. Alfred State is planning many ways to recognize the donors who support this exciting new building project. There will be naming opportunities available for the building, its classrooms, conference rooms, and its labs. Donors will also be thanked and honored on a recognition plaque in the lobby of the facility. To support and contribute to the Construction Workforce Development Center, please use our online giving form, or contact Craig Clark, executive director of the Wellsville campus and dean of the School of Applied Technology, at clarkcr@alfredstate.edu or (607) 587-3102.

Working together (the College, the building trades industry, and the community), this crucial new academic facility can become a reality. There is no doubt that a state of-the-art construction training center will be a huge catalyst for economic growth in the Southern Tier and Western New York. A donation to the project is a down payment on a brighter economic future for the region.

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