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November 05. 2012 8:46PM

Lakes Region Community College breaks ground on health, science building in Laconia

LACONIA - Nursing students at Lakes Region Community College next fall will have a simulated hospital in a new building with high-tech manequins as patients and closed cameras watching them work.

"This will be a state-of-the-art facility," said Scott Kalicki, president of the college, at Monday's groundbreaking on a new $5.5 million building on the Laconia campus. "This will modernize our program."

Kalicki said the students will be put to the test by high-fidelity manequins that can model an assortment of human ailments.

The 26,000-square-foot building also will house fire sciences and emergency medical technician training with laboratories, classrooms and a 150-seat auditorium. Construction begins today with Bonette Page and Stone of Laconia, the general contractor.

LRGHealthcare is a partner in the project, and officials of the organization, which operates both Franklin Regional Hospital and Lakes Region General Hospital, were on hand for a groundbreaking celebration on Monday.

The building, which will be two stories and have a stone and tile exterior, was designed by Paul Lewandowski, an architect with SMRT of Portland, Maine.

LRCC's Tom Goulette said the nursing program at Lakes Region began in fall 2003 with 16 students, and since then, the program has graduated about 200

. The improvements will allow for a greater number of students and a more sophisticated level of education, he said, which can work well for students interested in getting their first two years of education and an associate's degree near home.

A partnership with Southern New Hampshire University allows LRCC nursing students to continue for another two years in Hooksett.

The new building will be located on the campus next to the most recent building. It was Phase 1 of the project and was first occupied by students in fall 2005.

Construction is expected to be complete in time for the fall 2013 session.

Lakes Region Community College, 379 Belmont Road, is one of seven community colleges across the state, which serve 27,000 students.

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