Ribbon-cutting at new Life Sciences Building

Students walk through the campus of Nassau Community

Students walk through the campus of Nassau Community College in Garden City. (April 28, 2011) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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Nassau Community College will cut the ribbon on its new $40-million Life Sciences Building Tuesday.

The 74,000-square-foot building, which will house the college's nursing and chemistry programs, will allow the school to educate more students and use more modern equipment, college officials said in a statement.

The new building, which was funded with state and county money, will be unveiled at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in a campus courtyard outside the facility.

The building is designed to meet "Gold"-level LEED certification, college officials said in the statement. "Gold" is the second-highest green building certification offered by the U.S. Green Building Council. The outside of the college's building includes recycled copper, and its infrastructure system utilizes stormwater recycling and energy-efficient heating and air conditioning, officials said.

The building "is a symbol of how, through the utilization of our creative energies, we can undertake a substantial capital project and still be extraordinarily sensitive to environmental considerations," officials said in the statement.

New equipment in the building will include a "computerized hospital simulation lab" and a half-dozen training rooms for nursing students, officials said.

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The facility "will promote a new standard of excellence in educating our students and in serving our community," said Chuck Cutolo, a spokesman for the college.

"Its state-of-the-art equipment will enhance our students' educational opportunities in a way that will allow for a more seamless transition to the workplace as well as their further educational pursuits," Cutolo said.

The college is on Education Drive in Garden City.

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