MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Blue Ridge Community and Technical College closed its main campus on West Stephen Street in Martinsburg at the end of business Tuesday, capping a nine-year stint at the location.
The college’s offices in the county-owned Dunn building at 400 W. Stephen St. will be closed the rest of the week while they are being moved to the school’s new campus at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive, said Leslie See, vice president of enrollment management.
“We’re literally going dark (here),” See said while packing items in her first-floor office.
The college is slated to open for business at its new academic/administration building Monday, according to See. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 46-acre campus and opening of the new building is planned for next week. Classes are set to begin Aug. 20. Fall enrollment, including students who take courses at the college’s Technical Center south of Martinsburg at 5550 Winchester Ave., is projected to be about 4,400 students, See said Tuesday.
Blue Ridge CTC hired Martinsburg-based Rockwell’s Moving & Storage Co. Inc. to move the contents of the main campus offices, but Vice President of Instruction George Perry said some items such as science laboratory chemicals, glassware and equipment were moved to the campus by college officials.
See expects the college will still have items at the West Stephen Street campus into September, but indicated it will not be staffed.
See said some items, such as chemistry laboratory tables, will not be moved to the new 55,000-square-foot building and might be auctioned.
At the new campus Tuesday, CTC President Peter G. Checkovich said he has been pleased with the move so far. The new three-story home for the college’s main campus is about 20,000 square feet larger than the leased space owned by Berkeley County.
Checkovich said the new campus building is well laid out and the interior spaces receive plenty of natural light.
“I think everybody’s got a window just about, at least one,” Checkovich said. The school has stayed within a $16.5 million budget for the new campus project, Checkovich said.
The school first held classes at the former Blue Ridge Outlet complex in August 2001 when it was still affiliated with Shepherd University and was called the Community and Technical College of Shepherd, according to the school.
The county finalized the purchase of the three-building retail outlet complex in 2002 and agreed to continue to lease space to the college, which moved from what was the Berkeley building of the shopping center to the Dunn building in May 2003. The new campus is west of Interstate 81 off Exit 12, just outside the Martinsburg city limits.
Once fully vacated, the college’s former campus space in Martinsburg is expected to be converted for county government use.