Butler Community College invites the public to discover the power of a welcome with the dedication of its new Hubbard Welcome Center at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24. The projects lead donor and namesake, R.D. Hubbard, will return to share his vision of the center during the ceremony.
With more than $2 million of out-of-state money to spur the project and local economic development, the new $4.2 milllion Hubbard Welcome Center, standing as the gateway to the Butler campus, serves as an investment in both the college and community.
“This remarkable structure truly symbolizes the partnership our college shares with our community,” said Butler President Jackie Vietti. “From the private dollars invested into our community to its intended community use, right down to the symbolism with which it was designed, the Hubbard Welcome Center is a powerful connection of campus and community.”
The Hubbard Welcome Center features five meeting rooms that can be leased by the community. The Clifford/Stone Community Room, the largest meeting space in Butler County, is designed to hold 480 with round tables and 800 with chair seating.
The center houses the Butler Community College Foundation, a call center shared by the Foundation and college, the community education department, the office of the President and the Board of Trustees meeting room, which symbolically overlooks the campus.
One of the more striking symbolic design elements is the center’s illuminated south staircase. Providing a defining element that reflects Butler’s mission to empower our students and friends to new heights, the staircase, surrounded on three sides by glass, will create an inviting and visible welcome at Butler’s main entrance.
Conco Construction Inc. built the 32,000-square-foot facility that was designed by El Dorado architecture firm PKHLS Architecture