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KVCC’s Harold Alfond Campus takes shape
Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) has begun the largest expansion in its 43-year history.
Thanks to a $10.85 million gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation, KVCC has acquired the central campus of the former Good Will-Hinckley(GWH) School, which encompasses approximately 600 acres of land and more than a dozen facilities including an academic building, modern recreation center, and farm.
Officially announced at a press conference at the Blaine House in Augusta on Jan. 23 2012, the acquisition sets the stage for a new chapter of growth at KVCC that will dominate affairs at the College for many years to come.
“We are deeply excited by the opportunities this expansion will bring to the region and our students,” KVCC President Barbara Woodlee said. “Much work lies ahead to make our vision for this new campus a reality, but we welcome the chance to position the College for a new era.”
In May of last year, the new campus was officially named KVCC’s Harold Alfond Campus to acknowledge the generosity of the late philanthropist Harold Alfond and the Foundation that bears his name.
The Alfond Foundation’s gift will enable the Maine Community College System to expand the capacity of KVCC by an additional 1,500 to 2,000 students by refitting and augmenting the acquired property - located seven miles north of KVCC’s current Fairfield campus.
A detailed master plan for the Alfond Campus is now in development. Meanwhile work to stabilize older structures and upgrade or modify existing infrastructure there is already underway.
The property includes a mix of fields, woods, and wetlands on the west side of U.S. Route 201 roughly bounded to the south by Green Road and to the north by Martin Stream. The parcel also includes frontage on the Kennebec River to the east of 201.
Major structures acquired include the Alfond/Averill School building, the Alfond Recreation Center, Moody Memorial Chapel, and the former Good Will-Hinckley farm. Numerous smaller structures are also part of the purchase.
While much remains to be decided through the master planning process, proposed development in the near-term includes:
* Establishing an agricultural sciences degree program at the farm and upgrading the farm facilities.