College Nearing Completion

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Twenty Eastern Arizona College faculty members toured 10 nearly completed classrooms Monday at the school's new campus in east Payson.


Classes will begin Jan. 4 in the three new buildings off Mud Springs Road and East Highway 260.

Forrest Waggoner, onsite inspector for EAC, said he has had a number of visitors to the campus construction site.


"There was a young lady who came by and said she's now going to stay in Payson and go to school," he said.


Waggoner is a liaison between EAC, the architect, Stichler Design Group, and the contractor, Johnson/Carlier.


The brief tour provided the faculty with a look at the 20,000-square-foot school, which includes a wellness center, Northern Arizona University satellite classroom, computer lab, art room, science lab and a learning resource center.


The three buildings, which also will house the school's offices, surround a courtyard landscaped with native plants.


"The trees were taken off the site, stored for a year and brought back by Native Resources," Waggoner said. "We use a drip system so as not to use too much water."


Dennis Algeo, project superintendent, said he expects to have the carpet installed by Dec. 1, and the buildings will be furnished soon after.


Algeo said phase two will probably be built to the north of the existing buildings. "We don't know at this time how much more will be built," he said, "but there's a lot of land -- 56 acres."


EAC's present learning center in Payson, which is at 307 S. Beeline Highway, will remain open until classes start at the new site in January.


The college is now registering students for day and evening classes for the spring 2000 semester.


For more information, call 1-800-678-3808, extension 8270.

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