Appalachian State University held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new College of Education Building Thursday, August 18, 2011. The building is located at the corner of College and Howard streets.
The new 124,547 square-foot-building houses the Reich College of Education. Features of the five-story building include 121 faculty offices, 17 classrooms, 12 conference and seminar rooms, administrative suites, a design lab, computer teaching lab, student computer labs, media production lab, a counseling training clinic and a reading clinic with tutoring and diagnostic rooms. The building is targeted to achieve a LEED designation. The building's sustainable features include solar hot water heating, a vegetated "green" roof and other enhanced energy and water efficiency items.
Other features are a 24-foot diameter mural by artist Brenda Councill and a gathering hall named in honor of former educators Bryce and Izoria Gordon located on the building's first floor. With a seating capacity up to 300, the hall provides meeting space for receptions, conferences, workshops and catered events, and can be configured into three smaller classroom areas.
"Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world..."
A permanent display of Eric Carle's work is being installed on the 3rd and 4th floors, courtesy of the artist. Visitors are encouraged to take time to view the works currently in place; some are displayed in hallways while others appear in classrooms and offices. Specific information about the display is available in the RCOE Dean's Office, 4th floor.
The $35 million building was designed by the architectural firm LS3P /Boney Associates and constructed by Hickory Construction Company.
Departments or centers within the college are the Math and Science Education Center, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling, Department of Leadership and Educational Studies, and the Department of Reading Education and Special Education.
The college also provides support to various partnerships and projects including the Appalachian State Public School Partnership, Adult Basic Skills Professional Development Project, Caldwell Early College High School Partnership, Learning Partners Tutorial Program, Parent2Parent (Family Support Network of the High Country), North Carolina Center for School Health Training, the National Center for Developmental Education, Project Kaleidoscope, and Tuesdays' Tutors.
The college employs approximately 120 faculty, 30 staff and administrators and serves about 2,600 students each year in its bachelor's, master's, education specialists and educational doctorate degree programs.