A new science center at the Community College of Allegheny County may be a little larger than originally planned. CCAC's Board of Trustees has authorized plans for a four-story building off Ridge Avenue. The building originally was going to be just three stories tall. The science center will include new lab space for biology, chemistry, geology and physics students. Spokeswoman Helen Kaiser says the new space is needed at a time that interest in the health sciences is growing. CCAC will seek a $22 million bond issue to help pay for the building. Construction is expected to begin in late 2009.
CCAC's Board has not yet acted on a possible tuition hike. Board members say they want additional budget information before deciding whether to raise tuition by four percent in July.