Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New STEM Building at Garrett College

It was an exciting moment in Garrett College history as dignitaries and special guests, as well as members of the College community, gathered on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 for an official groundbreaking of the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building project currently underway at the McHenry campus of Garrett College. Dr. Richard Midcap, President, began the ceremony with a warm welcome and recognized the efforts of those that have paved the way and contributed to make the STEM building renovation project become a reality for the College and the Garrett County community.

“The STEM Building will provide extraordinary facilities where students will receive valuable preparation in high-demand fields.  It’s another great example of the state and local partnerships that fund Garrett College’s capital initiatives, “stated Midcap. “I appreciate the continued support Senator George Edwards, Delegate Wendell Beitzel, and our Garrett County commissioners provide to make projects of this kind possible.”

Kathy Meagher, Director of Campus Facilities, gave a general overview of the project and summary outlining renovation details for guests in attendance. Core members of the Garrett College STEM Design Team were also recognized for their instrumental efforts involved in the project planning, including: Christa Bowser, Carolyn Deniker, Linda Griffith, Randy Bittinger, Hugh Schrier, Eric Swearengen, and members of the facilities crew. Many other college employees were also recognized for their roles and levels of involvement assisting with and providing support for the STEM project.

Ceremony remarks were given by Vianne Bell, Board Chair of the Garrett College Board of Trustees; Senator George Edwards and Paul Edwards, Garrett County Commissioner.  A reception was held after the groundbreaking ceremony.  The state-of-the-art STEM facility is planned to open in the fall of 2018. For additional information or to follow the project’s progress, visit or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


In the group photo, pictured from left to right are:

Kathy Meagher, Director of Campus Facilities, Garrett College; Paul Edwards, Chairman, Garrett County Commissioners; Senator George Edwards; Nicole Christian, President & CEO, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce; James Hinebaugh, Garrett County Commissioner; Larry Tichnell, Garrett County Commissioner; Dave Madden, President, Harbel, Inc.; Shane Grady, Chair, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Delegate Wendell Beitzel; Hugh Schrier, Plant Manager, Garrett College; Richard Midcap, President, Garrett College; Robin Summerfield, Field Representative to United States Senator Ben Cardin; Eric Swearengen, Mechanical Systems Supervisor/Chief Electrician, Garrett College; Julianna Albowicz, Field Representative to United States Senator Chris Van Hollen; Vianne Bell, Chair, Garrett College Board of Trustees; Brian Walbridge, Project Architect, Grimm & Parker Architects; Rick Morrison, Project Manager, Grimm & Parker Architects.
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