To deal with continued growth, East Central Community College Tuesday broke ground on its new science building.
Officials say the $4.1 million facility will be named for the late Aaron Davis, a biology instructor and division chairman who lost his battle with cancer in 2006. It's being paid for by state bond funds accumulated in recent years.
"And we have far exceeded our physical capacity to provide instruction to our students. And a facility like this is going to be a tremendous asset in that we will have lab facilities to really do state of the art lab work in the sciences," said Sr. Phil Sutphin, ECCC president. "The old facility will be turned strictly into classrooms so we will pick up several classrooms and pick up several labs that will make out science program state of the art and allow us to grow even further."
Sutphin said the new building will mainly be used for lab instruction. Science classes will continue in Cross Hall, which will be renovated after the Davis building is finished.