News from Montgomery College

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Tours of the state-of-the-art building and interviews with students and officials will be available at this event

Date: January 28, 2004
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970


State-of-the-Art Health Sciences Center, Business Training Center, and Community Health Center Set to Open at Montgomery College
U.S., State, County, and Holy Cross Hospital Officials Join College Community
for Ribbon-Cutting  to Mark Campus Expansion into South Silver Spring

Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 – 2 p.m.
Montgomery College’s Health Sciences Center
7977 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring

Montgomery College will celebrate the long-awaited grand opening of its newest building, the Health Sciences Center, with a commemorative ceremony and ribbon cutting on Friday, Jan. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.  U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, and State Sen. Ida G. Ruben will join County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, County Council President Steven Silverman, and Montgomery College President Charlene R. Nunley along with a host of College and community leaders for the special event. 

Health Sciences Center houses classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices for the College’s health sciences programs, such as nursing and surgical technology, as well as Montgomery College’s Giant Food Center for Business Training and the Holy Cross Hospital Health Center.  The 98,000 square foot facility is the first new building in 25 years at the Montgomery College-Takoma Park Campus – the oldest of Montgomery College’s three campuses.  Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering P.C. designed the building and Bovis Lend Lease, Inc. managed the construction.  Construction cost $14 million, jointly funded by the State of Maryland and Montgomery County.  

Housed on the first floor of the Health Sciences Center, the Holy Cross Hospital Health Center at Montgomery College will provide primary care to uninsured adults and serve as a training site for College health sciences students.  The first floor of the Health Sciences Center is also the site of the Giant Food Center for Business Training.  Equipped with six new corporate training classrooms and two computer labs, this one-stop business training center will provide the most up-to-date education for local businesses and employees.

The Health Sciences Center marks the completion of the first part of a three-phase, $91.7 million, three-building expansion for the campus and the first of two new buildings along Georgia Avenue in south Silver Spring.  The College’s plans include a Student Services Center, Cultural Arts Center, and a pedestrian footbridge which will allow students to cross the CSX/WMATA railroad tracks.

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*To reach the Health Sciences Center, take I-495 East or West to Exit 31B – Georgia Avenue South (Route 97).  Continue south on Georgia Avenue past the Colesville Road (Route 29) intersection.  To access media parking, turn left into the entrance for Jesup Blair Park.   For maps or directions, log on to