May 28, 2024

Forsyth Technical Community College celebrated the commencement of a transformative multi-year project with a Demo Day event at the Silas Creek Campus. The demolition marks the beginning of a $29 million endeavor to create a new courtyard and an innovative facility tentatively called the Learning Commons. The project, divided into three phases, is partially funded through a bond referendum, showcasing the community’s support and commitment to educational advancement.

The first phase, which will begin with the demolition of six buildings, focuses on clearing the site to make way for the new courtyard. This green space is designed to provide students with a welcoming environment for relaxation, study, and social interaction. It will serve as a central hub on campus, fostering a sense of community and connection among students, faculty, and staff.

As we prepare to remove several of the buildings around us, we are embracing the future and the incredible opportunities that this multi-year and multi-phase project holds for our students and community.

Dr. Janet N. Spriggs, President of Forsyth Tech

In the second phase, construction will commence on the Learning Commons, a state-of-the-art building that will house various academic resources and support services. This facility aims to revolutionize the learning experience at Forsyth Tech, offering advanced technology, collaborative spaces, and comprehensive student services under one roof. The Learning Commons is envisioned as a dynamic space where students can engage in innovative learning activities and access a wide range of educational tools.

“We look forward to partnering with the college and our design partners to make this a reality, continuing to support the mission of the college and ensuring everyone has an opportunity to learn,” said Jeff Sandeen, President of Balfour Beatty in the Carolinas.

Two men, both wearing sunglasses, stand outside. One is speaking at a podium.
Jeff Sandeen (left), President of Balfour Beatty Carolinas with Lee Littleton (right), Project Executive for Balfour Beatty.

The third and final phase will involve the completion of the courtyard and the finishing touches on the Learning Commons. Once finished, the project will not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of the campus but also provide a functional and inspiring environment for students to thrive academically and personally.

The $29 million project is proof of Forsyth Tech’s dedication to providing an exceptional educational experience. By investing in modern facilities and resources, the college aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in an ever-evolving job market.

Throughout the planning and execution of this project, Forsyth Tech has worked closely with Balfour Beatty Construction and Smith Sinnett Architecture to ensure that the new structures meet the highest standards of quality and functionality. The collaboration between these organizations highlights the shared vision of creating an educational space that is both innovative and supportive of student success.

Dr. Spriggs, President of Forsyth Tech, expressed enthusiasm about the project’s potential to transform the campus and enhance the student experience. The new courtyard and Learning Commons are expected to become integral parts of campus life, providing students with the resources and environment they need to excel.

As the project progresses, Forsyth Tech will continue to update the community on the construction milestones and upcoming developments. The college invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to follow along and engage with the transformation journey. The Demo Day event is just the beginning of what promises to be an exciting and impactful chapter in Forsyth Tech’s history.

If you’re interested in a rewarding career in construction, Forsyth Tech is a great place to start! With fast-track certificate and diploma programs like carpentry, welding and more, you can blaze your trail on exciting projects just like this one!

For more information on the project and to stay informed about the latest updates, visit Forsyth Tech’s website and follow the college on social media. The journey to a revitalized Silas Creek Campus has begun, and the future looks brighter than ever for Forsyth Tech and its students.