$30M nursing, science building nearly finished at Trident Tech

By Ashley Barker 
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published Dec. 2, 2013

Classes will be held in a new $30 million nursing and science building beginning in January at Trident Technical College.

The 90,000-square-foot facility will provide space for microbiology, anatomy and physiology classes and labs, including a 291-seat divisible tiered classroom, according to a news release from the college. A nursing resource center and a patient simulation lab will also be open to students.

Currently, the nursing programs and 10 of the college’s 13 health science programs are housed in a 54,400-square-foot building, the release said. The college’s enrollment was 5,728 in 1989, the year the building was constructed. There are now more than 17,000 students enrolled at Trident Tech. Moving the nursing programs into a new building will free up space to expand other health care programs, according to the release.

LS3P Associates designed the new building to meet energy efficiency and sustainability LEED standards, and the college plans to apply for LEED silver certification once the building is complete. Through the state bidding process, China Construction America of South Carolina Inc. received the construction contract.

Each of the area counties paid for a portion of the project on the college’s main campus in North Charleston. Charleston County contributed $18 million of the building’s construction price. Berkeley County added $7.5 million, and Dorchester County paid $4.5 million of the project.

“TTC is the largest provider of nursing education in the Lowcountry and the only provider of training for many critical health care fields,” said Trident Tech President Mary Thornley in a statement. “This investment will reap great benefits for our community, as our population continues to grow and the demand for health care workers increases.”

A dedication ceremony for the nursing and science building is being planned for mid-March, according to Trident Tech spokesperson David Hansen.

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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