Delgado Community College has begun the process of selecting a contractor for its planned $27.3 million River City campus in Avondale and has targeted spring 2017 as an opening date.

Local officials ceremonially broke ground Friday morning, but there is no starting date yet for construction.

The project, announced in 2013, is being funded through state construction bonds, with Delgado providing a 12 percent match.

The 85,000-square-foot River City campus, which will serve about 3,000 students, will include the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, which will provide training programs to support the maritime industry, including transportation/logistics, marine engines, engineering and automotive technology.

Construction costs are projected at $20 million, with an additional $7.3 million going toward equipment, furnishings and supplies.

“The facilities will enable the regional workforce to attain the knowledge and skills needed to participate fully in the economic growth that is transforming the Greater New Orleans region at a rapid pace,” Delgado Chancellor Joan Davis said in a statement.