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A bulldozer moves dirt Friday as construction begins for the 40,000 square foot Hazel Hall on the Fauquier campus of Lord Fairfax Community College.

The building will include classrooms, laboratories, offices and a conference center with banquets for 275 people.

More than three years after the groundbreaking ceremony, excavation equipment began moving earth last week for the construction of a science and technology building on the Fauquier campus of Lord Fairfax Community College.

Construction began Thursday April 1 for the $ 30 million Eleanor C. and William A. Hazel Hall, a two-story, 40,000-square-foot building.

Named after the late couple whose family announced in 2013 a $ 1 million donation to the project, Hazel Hall is expected to be completed by the end of June next year, according to LFCC President Kim. Bloss.

Designed by architects at Grimm + Parker, the building will house a nursing skills lab, science labs, engineering and manufacturing labs, classrooms, conference room, faculty offices, study spaces and lounge and a conference center with banquets accommodating 275 people.

The total cost of the project includes $ 3 million that the LFCC Foundation raised for site work, which the state does not cover for new construction at community colleges.

The local share includes a donation of $ 250,000 from the Barkman family, owners of Golden Rule Builders in Catlett, and a donation of $ 20,000 from Mr. Sowder, the college’s most consistent supporter.

In 2018, the PATH Foundation donated $ 1 million.

General contractor Kjellstrom + Lee Construction will build the structure, planned for more than eight years, on the campus south of Warrenton.

“After a very long and winding road to get to this point, I am very happy to share the fantastic news that we are finally going to see construction begin,” Dr Blosser wrote in an email to project donors last month. .

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