A 10-year-old vision took its first step toward reality at Columbia College.
College administrators and trustees plunged silver-plated shovels into the soil during a ceremonial groundbreaking. The college plans to build a 53,000-square-foot science facility atop what was the college softball field off of Rangeline Road in Columbia. The facility is slated to open in the fall of 2013.
Science department chair Frank Somer says this support of science will boost morale as well as production by providing instrument storage space and research labs.
“I think our program is quite strong, but it’s sort of strong in spite of the facilities instead of because of them,” Somer said.
Four million dollars has been raised so far. Columbia College president Gerald Brouder says that’s the most money raised for any capital project in the history of the college.