Student union opens at WVNCC Wheeling today

WHEELING – West Virginia Northern Community College officials plan to unveil their new Student Union building during a ribbon cutting ceremony for local and state officials today.

The structure, once home to a Straub Hyundai car dealership, will also house a Barnes & Noble Bookstore and coffee shop on the first floor that will also serve the public.

Construction on the $2.1 million project began last September. In addition to local, state and college officials, representatives of Barnes & Noble also are expected to attend the event.

On Friday, there was a flurry of activity at the site with men working quickly on paving the parking lot, installing signage and lights, and laying tile inside and brick on the sidewalks outside. Workers also could be seen putting the finishing touches on the bookstore and its offerings.

Workers from Lash Paving of Colerain, Ohio, said they would finish laying the base coat and then install the top coat of pavement on the parking lot over the weekend. Fresh landscaping also is expected to be planted around the building in preparation for the outdoor ceremony this morning.

The Student Union building is located adjacent to WVNCC’s other newly renovated structure, the Applied Technology Center, which was the former Straub Honda dealership, at the corner of 16th and Market streets. That project cost $3.88 million and is expected to open for classes this fall.