MCHENRY — Work has begun on an $8.5 million science, technology, engineering and mathematics facility at Garrett College that is slated to open next August.
The college is renovating its former Continuing Education building for the project, using a mix of state and county funding. The county has provided $4 million to match state funding for planned renovations and additions.
The project includes building an addition that will house new science labs and the facility will also have instructional classrooms and labs for physics, biology, chemistry, math and engineering programs, as well as activities for robotics.
In April 2016, the college board of trustees selected Grimm and Parker Architects of Calverton as the project architect.
The facility will be designed as a U.S. Green Building and will meet Silver qualifications for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.
Constructed in 1979 as a mining technology center, the building was renovated in the 1980s. In 2002, its roof was replaced.