BY SHANA ROSE
It’s hard to miss the major construction under way at the south end of Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus.
The three-story building taking shape is the future G building. The 48,000-square-foot structure will house seven classrooms, a lecture hall, nine science labs, a math emporium and 11 faculty offices.
It will also include a mock hotel lobby and suite, for use by students in the hotel restaurant management program.
Pima’s governing board approved the $10 million project in Spring 2010. Construction began that October, and should be finished in time for Spring 2014 classes.
Vice Chancellor for Facilities Bill Ward said the addition will help Pima students who transfer to the University of Arizona or other four-year schools.
“Having a modern science facility will help them when they transition to the other institution,” he said.
The campus faculty, staff and students provided input during the development stages of the project, Ward said.
Northwest Campus opened in 2003. The G building is being built on a plot of land that the college had designated for future expansion, Ward said.
Lower costs make it a good time to undertake construction, he said.
“The project puts local people to work and contributes to the local economy,” he added.
PCC student Aubrey Renaut hopes the new building will make it convenient for students to sign up for classes at Northwest Campus.
“I’m actually hoping that it will make it so that I can take more classes at this campus, rather than having to go to different campuses, because I live closer to this one,” Renaut said. “I’ve had one class so far where the teacher said there’s actually a waiting list for it.”