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Ready, SET, Grow!

SET rendering
A rendering of the college's future science, engineering and technology building.

Maryland and Howard County elected officials, Howard Community College trustees, faculty, staff, and students broke ground Friday, November 14 on the college’s future science, engineering, and technology (SET) building. At approximately 145,300 gross square feet, the SET Building will measure four stories high, featuring classrooms and laboratory space designed to educate students to meet the increasing demand for well-trained professionals in the sciences, engineering, and technology.

The $76.7 million building is being financed with 50 percent funding from the state and 50 percent funding from Howard County.

“Howard Community College is grateful to our state and county elected officials for their investment in the college and our science, engineering, and technology building, which will encourage students to connect, collaborate, study, and discover,” said Dr. Kathleen Hetherington, president of Howard Community College.

Howard County Council Vice Chair Courtney Watson, Delegate Frank Turner, chair of the Howard County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, and Maryland Senator and Howard County Executive-Elect Allan Kittleman delivered remarks at the ceremony.

“With the dawn of the 21st century, the predominance of technology in every aspect of our lives, and the advancement in technology in the global economy, we need to make science, engineering, and technology a high priority in our educational system,” said Howard County Council Vice Chair Courtney Watson during the event.

“This building is an investment in our future and in future generations of students,” said Delegate Frank Turner, chair of the Howard County delegation.

“I am glad that [the science, engineering, and technology building] is a cooperative effort between the state and the county,” added Senator and County Executive-Elect Allan Kittleman. “There is no question that Howard Community College is a gem of Howard County.”

The SET building will reflect modern advances in laboratory design and feature dynamic classroom technology to enhance program delivery. In addition to flexible classroom spaces, the building also will have an outdoor classroom to offer students another educational experience. Group study and individual study areas will encourage student interaction and learning, an undergraduate research lab will spur collaboration between faculty and students.

“Our future science, engineering, and technology building will prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities and for the STEM careers of today and tomorrow,” said Howard Community College Board of Trustees Chair Edmund (Skip) Coale, III.

Additional highlights of the building include a cybersecurity lab, engineering build room, digital 3-D printing room, a greenhouse, rooftop observation area, and a drop zone for testing physics experiments. Most importantly, the new SET building will allow Howard Community College to serve greater numbers of students, with more than 1,000 total seats available in the classrooms. 

The building will be located on the current site of parking lots B, C, and E, which is immediately adjacent to the college’s Health Sciences Building and the Rouse Community Foundation Student Services Hall.

Designed by architect Ayers Saint Gross, the SET building will be completed by December 2016, and occupied by summer 2017.Gilbane Building Company will formally begin construction on the building next month.

To view photos from the groundbreaking ceremony, visit the college's Flickr account

Watch the SET Groundbreaking Ceremony:

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