CMC Breaks Ground on The Bell Center

    September 22, 2008


    Copper Mountain College (CMC) will break ground for the new Bell Center at 9:00 am on October 1st.

    The groundbreaking of the new Bell Center will signify the start of the expansion project that will greatly transform the college over the next few years. The Bell center is being funded as part of Copper Mountain Colleges Capital Outlay projects.

    The first of three new projects began this week with the placement of fencing for the tortoise translocation area so that CMC could safely expand the campus and ensure that new construction does not harm tortoises that are within the work area. As soon as the campus has completed the Tortoise Translocation Area the construction on the Bell Center will begin, shortly followed by the remodel for efficiency of existing CMC facilities. 

    The Bell Center received its name at a meeting of the Board of Trustees in September of this year, in honor of  local resident Leota Bell and her late husband, William Bell. The Bell’s donated $1.5 million to the CMC Foundation’s Capital Campaign, a donation which also served to meet the 10% community  match required for state funding. With the tortoise mitigation efforts met and the ground broken, the CMC Foundation will once again embark upon the Capital Campaign for the Bell Center, a multi-use gymnasium which will support a number of CMC programs

    Over the past few years CMC has been working closely with the general architect AP Architects to create a design for the sports facility that would benefit both the college and the community.  Below you will see the final design of the Bell Center .

    After going out to bid for the project earlier this year, Day Construction out of Costa Mesa was chosen as the general contractor. Day Construction has been providing general contracting, construction management; seismic retrofitting and design build services since 1976.

    The groundbreaking is open to the public, and will be located in Phase III of the campus, with a reception to follow.  For more information regarding this event please contact Laura Hall at 760.366.3791 extension 5442. For general information on Copper Mountain College visit us at