Finger Lakes CC eyes 2 sites for wine center

09 Mar

When we write about the Finger Lakes Community College viticulture center, will the dateline be Canandaigua or Geneva?

That is just one of the things college officials will need to decide — where to put the center. Sites in both towns are under consideration for the $3.2 million project.

The center, which would include a small teaching vineyard, would augment the college’s two-year-old Viticulture and Wine Technology program, which has the potential to be the college’s “No. 1 signature program,” FLCC President Barbara Risser told the Ontario County Board of Supervisors on Thursday night.

The program is intended to train workers for the state’s wine producers, many of which are in the Finger Lakes region.

She said the planned 7,000-square-foot center would include a winemaking lab with equipment, storage and classrooms, in addition to the vineyard.

The school is targeting the fall of 2013 as the opening date for the new center. The school also is seeking a grant through the State University system and raising money through fundraising and donations to match the state funds, Risser said.

FLCC is in the midst of a true expansion phase. On Monday, March 19, it will open a new student center when students return to the Geneva campus from spring break. The opening marks the completion of the first of two phases to update the main campus to accommodate a larger student population and provide a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The two-story, 78,000-square-foot addition will serve as the new main entrance for the FLCC building.

It is the first public building in Ontario County to be certified as environmentally friendly under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council. The building has 192 solar panels on the roof, low-maintenance landscaping, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, low-flow plumbing, 95% recycled structural steel, stone quarried in New York State, and sustainably harvested wood products.

Drawing of new Geneva student center.

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Posted by on March 9, 2012 in Campus


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