Linn-Benton Community College will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening Saturday, April 23, for its new Chinook Hall at the Benton Center location in Corvallis. The public is welcome to attend a formal program and ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by a general open house from 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m.
At the event, LBCC President Lisa Avery will be joined by OSU Interim President Becky Johnson, Corvallis Chamber of Commerce President Simon Yates, Co-Vice Chair of the Corvallis School Board Luhui Whitebear, LBCC Benton Center Director Jeff Davis, Board of Education Director Tony Lapiz and other guests and speakers.
Chinook Hall is located at 931 NW Reiman Ave.
Besides the speakers, attendees will also hear a performance by the LBCC choir and an original poem by LBCC’s poet laureate before a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony. Following the program, the public will be treated to tours, music, refreshments and information about programs.
“Completing the new Chinook Hall is a milestone moment for LBCC and for the people of Corvallis,” Avery said through a news release. “It greatly expands our ability to serve the community with accessible, quality education, including stronger resources for our students who are dual-enrolled with LBCC and OSU, community members taking personal enrichment classes and organizations needing collaborative work space. We are incredibly proud to fulfill our commitment to Benton County through this facility and we can’t wait to celebrate.”
Chinook Hall is the direct result of widespread community support, funded through the college’s 2014 voter-approved general obligation bond, and taking shape over many stages involving community input. The Hall now provides six classrooms, two STEM classroom laboratories and one lab preparation room. It also offers two small and two large conference rooms and collaborative spaces, as well as staff offices and student gathering areas. Finally, the new space greatly enhances parking availability in the area as well as provides accommodation for bicycles.
Total cost of the building was $14.5 million and includes many built-in energy efficiencies.