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With $37 million dollars, Wenatchee Valley College is ready to say goodbye to its oldest building. KOHO’s Ken Johannessen was at yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony and filed this report.

Wenatchee Valley College held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the future Wells Hall replacement building. Built in 1951, Wells Hall is currently the oldest building at a community college in the state used for instruction.

The Legislature as part of its capital budget funded the majority of the $37-million project. Four of the five wings of Wells will be replaced, with the fifth wing, which includes the campus theater and ceramics studio, becoming a stand-alone building.

The new building will be three stories and total more than 70,000 square feet. It’ll house the Chelan County Emergency Operations Center and a conference center available for public use, in addition to 25 classrooms, numerous offices and program spaces.

Demolition of the building starts next month, with construction complete by fall 2021.

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