By Mark Rountree
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Classes have been conducted inside the new $7.1 million Construction Trades Building at Meridian Technology Center since the beginning of the school year.
But for many people attending an open house Thursday, it was the first time to have a chance to tour the 40,550 square foot facility.
Guests were free to walk around each of the four training areas, which include air conditioning and refrigeration, electrical, masonry and residential and commercial construction. Each program area is equipped with classroom and lab space. The facility also features a fully-equipped computer lab and conference room, as well as a concourse lounge area for student breaks and studying.
“People come here because they want to go into careers,” Superintendent Doug Major said. “This space will allow us to bring them into the modern construction era. Whether they go directly into the workforce or they go into some other post-secondary education, they are going to be better prepared because they had their start here.”
Members of the Meridian Board of Education were recognized at the event, as well as Sen. Jim Halligan, R-Stillwater, and Rep. Dennis Casey, R-Morrison. Longtime instructor Bret Pickens also was recognized. Pickens was a student at Meridian decades ago, and has been instructing at the school for 30 years in the masonry program.