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Hemlock Building back in business

October 1, 2012

Hemlock ReopeningA-B Tech faculty and staff members tours the renovated and decontaminated Hemlock Building after it had been closed nearly a year after discovery of lead in the building.

A-B Tech Community College celebrated the soft opening of the Hemlock Building on the Asheville campus with a walk-through of the renovated space Sept. 21.

The College closed Hemlock October 2011 due to lead contamination from the first-floor firing range. The building previously housed A-B Tech’s Emergency Services Academy.

“Once we got that call, everyone pulled together and found space for the people from Hemlock. Offices were shared, classrooms rearranged and we rose to the challenge,” said Dr. Hank Dunn, A-B Tech President. “You can judge an institute from how they react during the bad times. It really tests its mettle.”

The building was cleaned from top to bottom and the HVAC systems, floors, ceilings and paint were replaced. A year later, Community Enrichment, GED, Human Resources Development, English as a Second Language and Compensatory Education, moved in and started offering classes Oct. 1.

These programs were located in the Pines/Madonna Building, which will be razed this fall to allow construction of a new Allied Health and Workforce Development building.


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Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

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