Butler County Community College has started the next step towards the new $9 million, state-of-the-art Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health Building.
Crews began tearing down the college’s century-old shipping and receiving facility and the 28-year-old maintenance building Thursday morning in a process expected to take about three weeks. With repeated swipes of its five 6-inch steel teeth at the end of its outstretched 38-foot-long arm, an excavator Thursday morning began to shred the roofing and tear through walls of two buildings at BC3.
The demolition and cleanup will increase heavy equipment activity on the south end of BC3’s Butler Township campus. Parking Lot 7 will be closed indefinitely to allow for equipment to stage and for the safety of BC3 students and staff near the construction zone. The college has adjusted its Shaffer Walking Trail and closed the south end of the Pioneer Path to avoid the activity. Signs with information about the adjustment and closure have been placed.
Earlier this week, sixteen firefighters from Butler Township, East Butler, Herman, and Veterans Affairs in Butler practiced forcible entry skills inside the two buildings before the demolition.
Construction will begin on the high-tech Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health building later this year. The building is scheduled to open in 2023.
The 25,000-square-foot facility will feature a hospital-like setting and house the college’s Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health. The Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health Building will provide an immersive learning environment with skills laboratories, simulated medical-surgery rooms and simulated ICU rooms.
The demolition and construction are part of the college’s $18 million south campus project, which includes the new 10,000-square-foot operations building that now houses the college’s shipping and receiving, and maintenance staff.