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October 17, 2016

LFCC science building design concepts unveiled

Science/Tech Building
• What: 40,000-square-foot, two-story building with classrooms and labs for science, technology, engineering, math and health.

• Where: South of “The Barn” on the Fauquier campus, 6480 College St., Warrenton.

• Total cost: Estimated $20 million.

• Funding: LFCC Foundation has raised $2.35 million from local grants and donations. Governor’s proposed budget includes $17 million for construction.

• Goal: Raise another $400,000 by the spring.

• Construction begins: Possibly in early 2018.

• Completion: Possibly summer 2019.

• Website: Click here.
Lord Fairfax Community College officials Monday unveiled preliminary architectural plans for the $20-million science and technology building slated to open on Fauquier’s campus in 2019.

The college board announced it will name the 40,000-square-foot structure for long-time benefactors Bill and Eleanor Hazel of Broad Run. Mr. Hazel, who built one of the state’s largest excavation companies, died in 2012.

The two-story “STEM-H” building will house science, technology, engineering, math and health classes and labs.

Construction on the campus just south of Warrenton should begin in early 2018.

“It’s exciting to think about the many ways our new building will be used — not just by students, but also by the community,” LFCC President Cheryl Thompson-Stacy said. “In addition to high-tech classrooms and carefully designed labs, we will finally have a large multipurpose room.

“We look forward to hosting events and welcoming businesses and organizations to use our conference space.”

The first floor will feature a large conference center, engineering and fabrication labs, a dividable classroom, faculty offices, a lounge, small conference and study spaces and service space. 

The second floor will contain a nursing skills lab, simulation labs, dissection lab, chemistry, biology, and flexible science labs, a lounge and student study spaces.
A new courtyard will connect the building to Wolk Hall, the Sowder Library and The Barn, where the Fauquier campus started.

Virginia’s General Assembly this year approved a $2.1-billion bond package that includes $17 million for construction of the building.

But, the state does not cover the costs of site work for new construction at community colleges. The LFCC Foundation has raised $2.35 million for that portion of the project.

The local share includes a $1 million gift from the PATH Foundation, announced in February. The Hazel family pledged $1 million toward the building in October 2013.

“There are many naming opportunities in the new building and strong community support,” LFCC Foundation Executive Director Liv Heggoy said. “The Fauquier Campus of LFCC is a great example of what is possible when the state of Virginia and a local community work together.”

The college must still raise $400,000 for site work and other costs, estimated to total $2.75 million.

Grimm + Parker Architects will design the building and provide construction management.

College officials hope to select a general contractor in early 2017.

A building committee, made up of faculty and staff, has provided input on the building design and classrooms during the process.

College staff and administration will continue to work on preliminary designs and final working drawings.

The Virginia Community College System will review and consider approving the building’s design in November.
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