Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Above is a rendering of the new building. LS3P Associates Ltd. designed TTC’s new Nursing and Science Building to meet LEED certification standards, which will help the college save on energy costs and minimize its carbon footprint.
Trident Technical College broke ground June 25 on a new $30 million Nursing and Science Building on the college’s Main Campus in North Charleston. More than 300 people helped the college celebrate the milestone event, including TTC students and faculty, county council members, legislators and other elected officials.
Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties are supporting construction of the 90,000-square-foot building, with each county providing a proportional share of the funding: Charleston County, $18 million; Berkeley County, $7.5 million; and Dorchester County, $4.5 million.
“We are very grateful for the support we have received from our county councils,” said TTC President Mary Thornley. “TTC is the largest provider of nursing education in the Lowcountry and the only provider of training for many critical health care fields.
“This investment will reap great benefits for our community as our population continues to grow and the demand for health care workers increases.”
The new building will house TTC’s three nursing programs and provide classroom and lab space for science classes such as microbiology, and anatomy and physiology. Currently, the nursing programs and 10 of the college’s 13 Health Science programs are housed in a 54,400-square-foot building constructed in 1989, when the college’s enrollment was only 5,728.
Today the college has an enrollment of close to 17,000 students, making it the second largest institution of higher education in the state based on undergraduate enrollment. Lack of space has meant waiting lists for nursing and popular health science programs.