By Eric Petermann for Sierra Vista Herald
Plans to renovate the 92KSF former Sierra Vista hospital into a Cochise College facility that will incorporate community learning with traditional academic studies begins with a roughly $14M renovation of the central city building, Cochise College President J.D. Rottweiler said Monday.
Remodeling work will begin next week to convert the former hospital — being gifted to the college by the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona — into a downtown center that will feature a mix of nursing, business and community learning programs.
The college has more than 200 students taking nursing courses, but the campus and off-site facilities only provide room for about 50. Rottweiler said courses are being offered at night — for lack of a daytime space to hold the classes — or at other facilities, depending on their availability.
When the remodeling is completed — scheduled for August 2016 — the new building will provide ample space for nursing, business, culinary, workforce development and community learning. Plans include utilizing all three existing entrances to the building and designating the current main entrance primarily for the nursing program.
Two buildings on the former hospital property, located across Wilcox to the north, will be removed to provide additional parking for the college. The building to the west, formerly used for some of the hospital’s administration work, will be demolished first. The building on the east side of the parking lot will be taken down when the remodeling is completed for VICaP office space.
Construction should begin shortly after the formal ownership transfer ceremony June 13.
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