Ruskin – The HCC SouthShore Campus plans to break ground on its new, state-of-the-art science and technology building on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at 551 24th Street, NE, Ruskin, FL 33570. The two-story, 36,424 square-foot-building will include nine laboratories, five prep labs, two computer classrooms, six traditional classrooms, four offices and a deans’ suite.
Construction will begin next week and is scheduled to be complete in May 2015, with classes beginning in the new building in fall 2015. Like the rest of the HCC SouthShore Campus, the new addition will be a LEED-certified green building. Open spaces in the building will be enclosed and climate controlled.
“Our six-year-old campus is thrilled with this exciting addition,” said HCC-SouthShore Campus President Dr. Allen Witt. “We pride ourselves as a STEM campus serving our local community with outstanding educational resources. This new science building will help us serve our students well into the future with the best technology and classroom space.”
“The SouthShore Campus has steadily increased enrollment each year since its inception, as many classes have expanded into portable classrooms,” said Dr. Witt. “The new building will allow for the space to move out of portables and continue growth.”
The construction team for this project includes architects Reynolds Smith and Hills (RS&H), civil engineer Stantec, MEP consultants Volt Air and construction manager Cutler Associates. The project budget is approximately $9.8 million.
The HCC SouthShore Campus was built on a 100-year-old tomato field generously donated by the Dickman family. Since its opening in 2008, HCC’s SouthShore Campus has grown to serve more than 6,500 students. During the 2013-2014 school year, enrollment for this campus grew 7.3 percent.
Hillsborough Community College serves more than 46,000 students annually at five campuses and three centers throughout Hillsborough County. HCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For additional information, visit hccfl.edu.