As many students know, the Nord Advanced Technology (AT) building has seen an addition to its existing structure growing since February. A trip down Enterprise Drive, along the western face of the campus of Lorain County Community College leads past the fences, workers, and heavy equipment steadily putting in the work that will mark the next phase of specialized innovation and growth. This new addition will further the goal of LCCC providing support and workforce development to the manufacturing and technology sectors of the greater Lorain County region.
According to Laura Carissimi, Purchasing/Facility Planning director at LCCC, the new campus addition will link the AT building to the Patsie C. Campana, Sr. Engineering and Development Center (PC), with both buildings receiving renovations. The new facility will nearly double the current size of the fabrication laboratory and allow for additional upgrades and expansion to the campus’ Computer-Integrated Manufacturing laboratory as well. The new addition will feature upgraded infrastructure, such as better ventilation and exhaust needed for more in-depth fabrication processes.
Carissimi anticipated the next several months will see the end of the new facilities’ construction, potentially by the end of this calendar year. “We can start installing A/V and moving in equipment from there,” Carissimi said. She expressed hopes to have some components of the new addition available for use during the spring term, with additional components being phased in accordingly from there.
“The construction bid was awarded to Coastal Quality Construction for $3,297,500”, said Carissimi. “$2.4 million from a state grant,” she explained. These funds will be used to help fund the project. The LCCC Foundation has also contributed $750,000 to help purchase new equipment.
Coastal Quality Construction, Inc., is headquartered in Broadview Heights, Ohio. The company has also handled major construction jobs such as building distribution centers for Door-to-Door Organics in Plymouth, Michigan and Mason Run High School in Columbus, Ohio. The design of the facility was completed by architecture firm WMF of Erie, Pennsylvania, who have just recently won the bid to design a new LGBT community center in Cleveland, Ohio.