Mitchell Community College begins renovations to old gymnasium on Mooresville campus
PHOTO: Mitchell Community College Trustees George Brawley share memories while looking at a Mooresville Central High School yearbook.
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MOORESVILLE -- Mitchell Community College recently began renovations to the former Mooresville Central High School gymnasium – a significant feature of the college’s Mooresville campus.
Work on the 7,500-square-foot project began in January with an anticipated completion date of fall 2019. Efforts are currently focused on removing the front facade of the campus’s A Building and interior demolition. Changes aim to make the campus more student and community friendly, enhancing Mitchell’s presence in southern Iredell County.
Funded by the 2016 Connect NC state bond, this renovation will transform the upper/first floor interior and exterior of the building to provide a one-stop Student Services shop and streamline services for students.
The planned open-air design will create a welcoming environment while preserving the building’s history through the restoration of the basketball court floor and existing ceiling structure. The college plans to display a photographic timeline of the building’s history in the finished facility.
“The renovation of the gymnasium on the Mooresville Campus will allow the college to create a centrally located facility for students to go through all of the processes needed for enrollment as well as support for continuing students,” said Mitchell President Dr. Tim Brewer. “The renovation will allow for a combination of the original architecture with new efficient space that maintains the tradition of serving students.”
Before Mitchell acquired the facility in 1982, the property served as Mooresville Central High School.
Current Mitchell Community College Board of Trustees members George Brawley and Sara Haire-Tice attended school in the facility. They recently reminisced on their experiences at Mooresville Central High School where Brawley played on the football team while Haire-Tice was a budding basketball player.
To both Brawley and Haire-Tice, the gymnasium was much more than a place to play and socialize.
“The gymnasium was more of a community center,” said Haire-Tice, recalling with Brawley the variety of classes –- from music to “shop” (trades skills) -– taught in the facility as well as the community events held on the campus.
Brawley noted his pride that the building was being renovated rather than demolished.
“We’re growing on the southern end of Iredell County … and we’re going to continue to grow,” he said.
“As members of the Mitchell College Board,” Haire-Tice noted, “we’re both proud of our old Mooresville High School and certainly we’re both proud of Mitchell College.”
President Brewer also added his appreciation.
“To have Sara Haire-Tice and George Brawley as board members who were students that used this facility be a part of the renovation is a testament to their support, dedication and commitment to the Town of Mooresville, the college and the education of the citizens in Iredell County.”
To learn more about the Mooresville Campus renovation project, contact Executive Director of Mooresville Campus Robert Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (704) 978-5410.
About Mitchell Community College
Mitchell Community College serves 10,000 students annually through a variety of curriculum, continuing education and workforce development programs. With campuses in Statesville and Mooresville, Mitchell offers quality, affordable education options to residents of Iredell County and the surrounding area. For more information, visit www.mitchellcc.edu or call (704) 878-3200 (Statesville Campus) or (704) 663-1923 (Mooresville Campus).