College celebrates groundbreaking of allied health, science building at North Campus
HOUSTON – San Jacinto College (SJC) North recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new allied health and natural sciences building, a facility that will be the largest and most technologically advanced on the campus.
The new 130,500-square-feet facility will cost $37,394,000 million to build, and is part of the $295 million capital improvement bond measure approved in 2008 that funds new facilities and renovations at all three SJC campuses.
The North Campus allied health and natural sciences building is the final major facility from the 2008 bond measure to hold a groundbreaking ceremony. The other new major facilities, which are under construction, include a science building, and an allied health addition at the Central Campus; an allied health and natural sciences building, and a welcome center at the South Campus; and a new welcome center at the North Campus. Also funded by the bond measure is a state-of-the-art transportation center that houses the College’s automotive technology program at the Central Campus, which opened this semester.
Other capital improvements included in the 2008 bond measure include new signage, and numerous infrastructure upgrades at all three campuses.
Construction on the new three-story North Campus allied health and science building began in February 2011, and is scheduled for completion in spring 2013. The spacious, high-tech facility will enable the College to provide quality training for students pursuing allied health and science careers, which are high demand fields in the Houston area.
“This modern facility is the culmination of years of planning and is designed to provide cutting-edge training for many years to come,” commented Serita Dickey, North Campus dean of allied health and science. “We say thank you to the community for the vote of confidence by approving the bond measure, and we promise to keep our end of the partnership.”
Allied health classrooms will be equipped with media projectors, document cameras, and computers with wireless Internet access. Labs will feature the most advanced training equipment available. The pharmacy technology lab will have a retail intake window. The nursing and emergency medical technology labs will have high-fidelity simulated training mannequins. There will be an interdisciplinary simulation lab with a simulation control station. Students from all allied health disciplines will collaborate in mock disaster drills using the simulation lab as an emergency room.
The science labs will provide connectivity and projection technology for enhancing lab instruction. Ceiling-mounted cameras over teaching stations will improve viewing of demonstrations, which can be stored for later use. Safety features include a ventilation system and ventilated specimen storage areas. The science section of the facility will include collaboration areas and a tutoring lab to support student success.
The new facility will house all of the North Campus science courses, which include biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. The building will also house all of the allied health programs, which include emergency medical technology, health information management, mental health services, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, and vocational nursing. The North Campus has experienced significant enrollment increases in recent years, and the building will enable the College to offer additional course offerings as needed.
Not only will the new facility feature the latest in technology, it is also designed according to environmental best practices, complying with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines. “It was designed using LEED standards for sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design,” commented biology professor Susan Lustick, who helped develop standards for the science labs. “The building will house a recycling area and provide an abundance of natural light in labs, classrooms, and offices.”
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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for 50 years. The College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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