Northeast Lakeview College to Breaks Ground on New STEM Building

November 16, 2020

Northeast Lakeview College (NLC), the newest of the five colleges within the Alamo Colleges District system, officially broke ground on its new Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Building on November 5 with a small, on-site ceremony.  The 86,390 sq. ft facility will be the college’s 10th building and be home to classrooms and labs for physics, chemistry, etc. study spaces, academic support, and a 3rd-floor multipurpose room with the ability to host large events. The multipurpose room is sized to hold 250 occupants and can be divided into three separate rooms. When fully open the room has expansive views south of the lake. Additionally, south-facing balconies extend the flexibility of the space. The facility will also provide space so that NLC can expand its career and technical programs.

With students needs’ in mind, the building will also provide a study café and sticky spaces for student collaboration or quiet study and reflection. Each sticky space is equipped with electrical outlets, USB ports and automatic motion sensor lights. Labs and classrooms are equipped with IDEA screens and projectors for engaging and interactive instruction. On the 1st floor, the Flexible Classroom can be divided into two teaching spaces. Student project tables are equipped with lift-up TV monitors on one end connected to the large projector and screen. Exterior to the building, entry plaza furniture and shade structures bring the collaborative aspect outside.

“This facility will provide additional access to education for students pursuing high-demand, high-wage fields, says Dr. Veronica Garcia, NLC president.  Our science courses fill quickly, she added.  This new building will allow us to expand course offerings to meet the growing needs of our community.”

The architect on the project is Ford, Powell, & Carson and the CMAR is Turner Construction.

The $36M facility is being constructed as part of the Alamo Colleges District bond that was passed in May 2017. Building renderings and a construction timeline are available online here

Click here to view photos from the groundbreaking