With an ever increasing demand for graduates in healthcare and STEM related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the completion of Lower Columbia College’s Health and Science Building could not have come at a better time. The 70,000 sq.ft. building features technology enabled classrooms and labs, outfitted with the latest in scientific equipment. It was designed with multiple sustainability features such as solar panels, rain garden irrigation system, daylight harvesting systems and hydration stations where students can fill water bottles. Both student lectures and community events can take place in the 145-seat Laufman Lecture Hall, and the McLaughlin Resource Center will provide space for community science activities, STEM workshops and student projects. The entire second floor of the building is dedicated to nursing and healthcare studies. An Economic Development Administration Grant totaling $845,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce was combined with matching funds from the LCC Foundation to ensure the new building had the necessary equipment and technology to train its students for their chosen careers.