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Norfolk Campus center to be first of four; will offer student-union services

First community-college student center in Virginia

(Event Speeches, Computerized Renderings)

TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce led the platform of speakers including Norfolk Mayor Paul D. Fraim (right) and Downtown Norfolk Council President Sture V. Sigfred (left). Other speakers were TCC College Board Chair Dorcas Helfant-Browning, Norfolk Campus Provost Alex J. Kajstura and Student Government Association Norfolk Senator Rhakeem Thomas.

NORFOLK, Va. (June 29, 2009) To a hip-hop beat and an interactive audience countdown, Tidewater Community College leaders joined with city officials and TCC supporters, staff and students to break ground for its pioneering Norfolk Campus Student Center on June 29 – the first of four that TCC will build, one on each of the college’s campuses.


The crowd chimed in with countdown phrases as two large screens displayed full-color renderings of the new center and its five stories that will shimmer with glass panes. As the countdown reached zero, a huge earthmover plunged into the turf while TCC’s famous logo rose into the air, glinting in the summer sun.





The 57,000 square-foot Norfolk Student Center, to be built next to TCC’s Martin Building at 300 Granby St., will offer many traditional “student union” services to the more than 12,000 students enrolled at the Norfolk Campus. All four student centers, expected to be operational by 2011-12, will comprehensively serve the college’s 40,000-plus students each year.

TCC’s student centers will accommodate student organizations, student activities, lounge/study areas, fitness/recreation areas, food service operations and other appropriate services to include child minding. Each student center is a significant component of the campus master plan and the college’s “shared vision” developed with the cities.

Norfolk Campus Student Center Rendering

S.B. Ballard Construction will build the center, designed by Canon Design in collaboration with Ballou Justice Upton Architects.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit