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College of Education building dedication to be held Aug. 18 at Appalachian

BOONE—Appalachian State University will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new College of Education Building Thursday, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m. The building is located at the corner of College and Howard streets. Information about parking will be provided at a later date.

new_coe.jpgGuided tours of the building will follow the formal ceremony. Tours will conclude at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The new 124,547 square-foot-building will house the Reich College of Education. Features of the five-story building will include 121 faculty offices, 17 classrooms, 12 conference/seminar rooms, administrative suites, a design lab, computer teaching lab, student computer labs, media production lab, a counseling training clinic and a reading clinic with tutoring and diagnostic rooms. The building is targeted to achieve a LEED® designation. The building’s sustainable features include solar hot water heating, a vegetated “green” roof and other enhanced energy and water efficiency items.

Other features are a 24-foot diameter mural by artist Brenda Councill and a gathering hall named in honor of former educators Bryce and Izoria Gordon located on the building’s first floor. With a seating capacity up to 300, the hall will provide meeting space for receptions, conferences, workshops and catered events, and can be configured into three smaller classroom areas.

The $35 million building was designed by the architectural firm LS3P /Boney Associates and constructed by Hickory Construction Company.

Departments or centers within the college are the Math and Science Education Center, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling, Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, and the Department of Reading Education and Special Education.

The college also provides support to various partnerships and projects including the Appalachian State Public School Partnership, Adult Basic Skills Professional Development Project, Blue Ridge Family Literacy Project, Caldwell Early College High School, Learning Partners Tutorial Program, Family Support Network of the High Country, North Carolina Center for School Health Training, the National Center for Developmental Education and Tuesdays’ Tutors.

The college employs approximately 120 faculty, 30 staff and administrators and serves about 2,400 students each year in its bachelor’s, master’s, education specialists and educational doctorate degree programs.

Information about the college’s degree programs is available at