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Science and Healthcare Training for the Future

The Lower Columbia College Health and Science Building houses all LCC healthcare and science programs under a single roof for the first time in the college’s 80-year history. Technology-enabled classrooms and labs, outfitted with the latest in scientific equipment, prepare students for in-demand careers in science, engineering, nursing and other healthcare fields. 

Project Management Team

  • Nolan Wheeler, Vice President of Administrative Services
  • Richard Hamilton, Director of Campus Services, Facilities & Capital Projects
  • Ronnie Hill, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, Senior Project Manager
  • Andy Rovelstad, Rovelstad Architect


Thanks to Earth Sciences Instructor Dave Cordero whose beautiful work has chronicled this project for the past two years.

EDA Grant And LCC Foundation Fund $1.7 Million In Equipment

US Senator Patty MurrayLCC received an Economic Development Administration (EDA) matching grant of $845,000 from the U.S.Department of Commerce to help fund $1.7 million in equipment for the new Health & Science Building. The Lower Columbia College Foundation is the sole provider of the match.

The project strengthens job creation and retention in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Healthcare and supports the region’s economic diversification goals. EDA support for the project will allow for all labs in the new building to be equipped appropriately, vastly increasing the relevancy of education and training as well as expanding student capacity.

“It is so critical that we help residents in the region gain the skills they need for competitive jobs,” U.S. Senator Patty Murray said.

“This funding will help put people to work in Longview, and it will lay down a strong foundation for long-term economic growth.”

On August 14, 2014, Senator Patty Murray toured the Health and Science Building with President Chris Bailey, Foundation President Bob Gregory, Board of Trustees member George Raiter, Dean Karen Joiner, Chemistry instructor Adam Wolfer, ASLCC President Drew Davidson and selected faculty and staff. >> read more

Building Features

The 70,000-square-foot, three-story brick and glass structure is located on Maple Street adjacent to the Main Building, the first facility constructed on the current campus. The new building includes a 140-seat lecture hall, large enough to seat several lecture classes together and also to serve as a venue for community programs.

Classrooms and labs are designed to take advantage of natural light supplemented with highly-efficient, motion-activated LED fixtures to conserve power usage. Easy-to-move tables and chairs maximize the flexibility of classrooms for a variety of study configurations and accommodate up to 50 students, almost double the capacity of previous science rooms.

Spaces for eating, socializing, and individual and group study are located on all floors to bring faculty and students together outside the classroom.Research shows that this kind of interaction and cohort study increases student success. Digital displays and interactive computer screens on each floor keep students and faculty informed about important dates and upcoming activities.

Ground Floor

Second Floor - Nursing and Allied Health

  • OB/GYN Lab
  • Four Clinical Classrooms
  • Nursing Lab
  • I.V. Simulation Station
  • Medical Assisting Lab
  • Simulation Lab and Control Room
  • Lecture Hall Balcony
  • Nursing Computer Lab
  • Seminar Room

Third Floor

  • Microbiology Lab
  • General Biology Lab
  • Anatomy & Physiology Lab
  • Cadaver Room
  • General Chemistry Lab
  • Organic Chemistry Lab
  • Instrument Room
  • Resource Room
  • Green Roof and Outdoor Study Deck

Outdoor Plaza

Public Art Installation

Blossom of Life

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A hanging work titled Blossom of Life has been commissioned for the first floor, west lobby of the Health & Science Building through the State Art in Public Places program.

Ean Eldred, Richard Garfield, John Kashiwabara, and Peter Nylen, partners in rhiza A+D, a collaborative design studio and building workshop in Portland, Oregon, will create the installation.

Selection committee: Project Management Team and Craig Collins, Diane Bartlett, Dave Cordero and Michael Kohlmeier.



Sustainability Features

The Health and Science Building is LEED Gold certified with multiple sustainability features including a partial green roof, rain garden irrigation system, daylight harvesting systems and energy-saving sun shades, water hydration stations and two types of solar panels.

Photovoltaic Power

The photovoltaic power generation system converts solar radiation from two solar awnings and rooftop solar panels into direct current electricity. Solar photovotaic power generation is a proven technology in use for over 50 years that produces clean sustainable energy without moving parts or environmental emissions. Solar panel monitoring equipment will provide educational data in energy conservation for students at a station inside the building. The panels will produce up to 80,000 kilowatt hours of power daily.

Daylight Systems

Daylight harvesting systems use daylight to offset the amount of electric lighting required to light interior spaces, further reducing energy consumption. Control systems use light sensors to automatically dim or switch the intensity of lights in each room in response to changing daylight availability. Sun shades on the south and west sides of the building also reduce energy use for cooling.

Hydration Stations

Hydration stations (water fountains) on each floor include a special feature to fill water bottles, providing a sanitary option for users and reducing the need for disposable plastic water bottles.

Rain Garden

The rain garden irrigation system retains storm water runoff on site reducing the amount of water flowing into area lakes and rivers. More than 10,000 native plants provide a welcoming exterior to the building while contributing to the efficiency of the rain garden system. A partial green roof on the third floor outdoor study deck helps cool the floor below while reducing storm water run-off from the roof.

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