One of our local colleges is getting its first new building in four decades.
Right now at the math and science departments at North Florida Community College, students and staff have to share the Hargrove Building, but plans for a new science building will soon put an end to that.
Daniel Harris, Chairman of the math and science departments, says, "It's going to be state-of-the-art with all new equipment. All of the labs will be new. It's going to be amazing. The building we're in now is very much in need of an upgrade. It's going to be wonderful."
The administration building was the last building built on campus. It was built in 1967. NFCC's president says almost 40 years later it's time for the campus to keep up with the student population.
President Morris Steen says, "Over the last few years our college has experienced moderate growth. We're growing at a rate of four, four and a half percent a year, sometimes up to five percent. We are running out of space, we've been landlocked for so many years."
Construction will begin immediately on the 16,000 square foot building which will house science classrooms and laboratory facilities.
James Paulk, a NFCC student, says, "I think the new science building is going to be a great addition to the campus for the students and for the community."
The $4.8 million building is expected to take a year to complete. The new site is the old Madison Primary School across from the Colin P. Kelly Gym. The Madison County school board transferred the land to NFCC last year.