Pioneer Hall, the new science and engineering building, was swiftly
nearing completion. The new 44,075 square foot building would contain
new labs, ample space, and modern facilities. It was designed as
a teaching tool that would enable all students to monitor heating
and cooling activities.
for course offerings were built into the facility meaning that construction
techniques used in its erection would enable programs to change
within the walls while not disturbing the overall structure. The
building features masonry and precast concrete construction.
laboratories were included on the first floor, making individualized
instruction possible. Two lecture halls hold 50 to 70 students respectively,
and 14 classrooms allowed 20 to 25 students per class. On the second
floor, three electrical and electronic laboratories and a construction
technology laboratory provided badly needed space for the college's
greatly expanded engineering and technology programs. These programs
saw enrollment grow from 30 student majors in 1973 to 140 this year.
The enrollment was expected to rise to 260 after the building was
cost $1.5 million to construct.
The Valley Vanguard, September 8, 1977.