As construction continues on the new Health and Science Building at Lower Columbia College, money to equip that building is also coming in. U. S. Senator Patty Murray is announcing that LCC is getting a Economic Development Administration grant of $845,000 from the Department of Commerce. The LCC Foundation is also matching that grant, making for a total of $1.7 million that will go to new, state-of-the-art educational equipment in that building. Murray says that the project strengthens job creation and retention in the local area in key areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, along with Healthcare professions. School officials say that this support will help to increase lab capacity in the new building by more than 100 percent. LCC President Chris Bailey says that this helps to make a “remarkable asset” even better. By having the latest technology and equipment in the building, they’ll be even better equipped to build a professional workforce to serve this community. The 70,000 square-foot, three-story building will house the college’s nursing and allied health programs, along with Earth Science, Environmental and Ecological Science Labs. There will also be a community science center, chemistry, biology and physics labs, and is on track for completion in fall of this year.