By Caitlin Schudalla
The Moore American
MOORE — Moore Norman Technology Center administrators, staff and students joined Norman community leaders in officially celebrating the opening of a premium new facility Thursday afternoon.
The 61,000-square-foot Information Technology Building on the southwest side of the MNTC Norman campus took about two years to complete — from March 2010 to March 2012 — and cost almost $17 million.
The center will house classes for nine of the institution’s different disciplines centering on computer, engineering and design.
“We don’t have a lot of students cutting classes here,” Superintendent Jane Bowen said during her greeting. “Our students are very excited to be here.”
Bowen said housing these disciplines together in one facility is designed to enhance the collaboration and interface that often take place between design, engineering and computer-development entities.
Assistant Director-BIT Chris Kalinski echoed this sentiment, saying students who tour the facility either text their friends, stare open-mouthed or shout in excitement.
“I imagine this is what Walt Disney felt like when he opened Disneyland,” Kalinski said. “We’re so excited and proud to have this facility for our teachers and students.”
In addition to high-tech classroom space, the IT Center also will provide secondary space for large seminars and meetings. For more information on MNTC full- or part-time classes, visit www.mntechnology.com or call 364-5763.