Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Hillsborough Community College broke ground on two projects this week.
On Wednesday, HCC SouthShore began work on its state-of-the-art science and technology building. The $9.8 million, two-story, 36,424-square-foot building will include nine laboratories, five prep labs, two computer classrooms, six traditional classrooms, four offices and a deans' suite.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in May 2015, with classes beginning in the new building in fall 2015. Like the rest of the campus, the addition will be a LEED-certified green building.
"Our six-year-old campus is thrilled with this exciting addition," HCC-SouthShore campus president Allen Witt said. "We pride ourselves as a STEM campus serving our local community with outstanding educational resources."
Meanwhile, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful's Florida Learning Garden initiative at the Florida State Fairgrounds began construction on the Humana Educational Pavilion. Once completed, the pavilion will give children the opportunity to learn about growing techniques and sustainable practices.
The Humana Foundation's $100,000 community grant helped fund the project. The grant is dedicated to funding programs that will create or enhance ongoing activities that have a positive, transformational impact on the health of the Tampa Bay region.
The foundation is accepting applications from Tampa Bay nonprofits for its newly relaunched Humana Communities Benefit program, a three-year, $350,000 grant. Humana will award the first $200,000 of that grant in the fall. For more information or to apply online, go to humana.com/hcb.