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April 5, 2021

LFCC science/technology building construction starts

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
A bulldozer move dirt Friday as sitework begins for the 40,000-square-foot Hazel Hall on the Lord Fairfax Community College Fauquier Campus.
The building will feature classrooms, labs, offices and a conference center with banquet seating for 275 people.
More than three years after the ceremonial groundbreaking, excavation equipment last week began moving dirt for construction of a science and technology building on the Fauquier campus of Lord Fairfax Community College.

Sitework began Thursday, April 1, for the $30-miliion Eleanor C. and William A. Hazel Hall, a two-story, 40,000-square-foot building.

Named for the late couple whose family in 2013 announced a $1-million donation to the project, Hazel Hall should be complete by the end of June next year, according to LFCC President Kim Blosser.

Designed by architects at Grimm + Parker, the building will house a nursing skills lab, science labs, engineering and fabrication labs, classrooms, a board room, faculty offices, study spaces and a lounge and a conference center with banquet seating for 275 people.

The project’s total cost includes $3 million that the LFCC Foundation raised for site work, which the state doesn’t cover for new construction at community colleges

The local share includes a $250,000 donation from the Barkman family, owners of Golden Rule Builders in Catlett, and a $20,000 donation from Mr. Sowder, the most consistent supporter of the college.

In 2018, the PATH Foundation gave $1 million.

General contractor Kjellstrom + Lee Construction will build the structure, planned for more than eight years, on the campus south of Warrenton.

“After a very long and winding road to get to this point, I am very happy to share the fantastic news that we are finally going to see construction begin,” Dr. Blosser wrote in an email to project donors last month.

Click here for more information, including livestream video of the construction site.

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