LCSC to hold public meeting on new building location
Lewis-Clark State College officials will hold a public input meeting on the two possible sites for its new Nursing/Health Sciences Building on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6-7 p.m. in the Telecommunications Classroom in the LCSC Library.
Officials from the Boise contracting firm of McAlvain, which won the construction bid for the building, and the Boise architect firm of ZGA, have submitted their evaluation of six possible sites for the new building. Using this information, along with input from the public and LCSC employees and students, college administrators will choose a final site by Thanksgiving. Construction is expected to begin by mid-March and the new building is expected to be finished in time for the 2009 Fall semester.
McAlvain and ZGA officials have visited the campus and used a point system to rate the six possible locations, and the top two are the ones left under consideration. The point-system criteria included availability, location and campus impacts; development costs, and operational considerations.
The two sites are both on the north end of campus. The first site is on the administration lawn, near the corner of Sixth Street and Seventh Avenue. The building would be east of library and in close proximity of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. The second location is on the lawn north of Talkington Hall, near the corner of Fourth Street and Seventh Avenue.
During Thursday’s meeting, LCSC officials will discuss the locations selection process that has been used to this point and then will open the meeting to the public for comments on the two proposed sites. Comments will be limited to pros or cons of the two sites, but no other locations for the building will be discussed.
This is the second public meeting college administrators will hold on the building. The first was in the spring when several sites were being considered.
LCSC officials, including President Dene K. Thomas and Vice President for Administrative Service Chet Herbst, will have the area of impact map at the meeting to help with prospectives on the two locations.
The Idaho Legislature approved a $16.1 million Nursing/Health Sciences building for LCSC during its last session.
As with the case with the first public meeting, anyone who is unable to attend the meeting or would like to send written comments can do so by e-mailing LCSCCommunications@lcsc.edu