SHELDON, Iowa — The Northwest Iowa Community College has commenced on a $9 million expansion and renovation of its health science building.
Construction on the expansion began April 19, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held this past week.
Once the expansion of the health science building — formally known as Building H — is complete, the four programs that use the facility will move from the original building into the new space. The original Building H will then undergo a major renovation.
The entire project, including the renovation, is expected to be complete by the end of 2022.
In April 2018, voters in the college’s designated territory — Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux counties, plus the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn-Remsen Union (MMCRU) School District in Cherokee County — approved a $14.1 million general obligation bond to pay for upgrades at NCC. The new facility is primarily being paid for with these funds, though the college is also supplementing the cost with some of its cash reserves.
Building H was built in 2004 and, after an addition in 2008, is around 17,793 square feet. With the two-story addition, the facility will be 48,292 square feet.
Four programs at NCC — nursing, CNA training, EMT training and radiologic tech — are housed in the health science building.