Work is underway to prepare for construction of South Louisiana Community College’s new health and sciences building.

The new 63,000-square-foot, three-story building will fill the existing parking lot that fronts the college’s Ted Ardoin building on Bertrand Drive. Parking will be moved to the overflow lot on the side of the Ardoin building, and workers are preparing the overflow lot for the additional vehicles, said Christine Payton, SLCC communications director.

“Once the lot is ready, the front parking lot will be closed off and they’ll start on the new building,” Payton said. “That should happen sometime next month.”

The building is expected to be complete in time for the fall 2016 semester and will anchor the college’s new registered nurse training program and house other science and allied health programs.

The $17.1 million project is funded in part by $2.1 million in community donations. The community match was a requirement for the project and other Louisiana Community and Technical College System capital projects approved by the Legislature in 2013.

Meanwhile, the college has another ongoing construction project: a new campus to replace its existing St. Martinville site.

Payton said foundation work has begun at the St. Martinville site off La. 31. The campus will replace a landlocked site on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive that SLCC had outgrown.

Construction of the new $9.2 million, 38,000-square-foot campus faced rain delays and is expected to be complete by the fall 2016, as well, Payton said. A groundbreaking for construction was held in November when college officials announced a hopeful opening by fall 2015 or spring 2016.

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