As the northwest side grows, so does the Pima Community College Northwest Campus.

Crews are working on a new 48,000-square-foot building on the south end of campus. The facility will include five classrooms, six science labs, five math/computer testing labs and 11 faculty offices.

The building also will include a hotel lobby and suite to serve as simulators for the college Hotel Restaurant Management program.

The three-story structure, the college’s first new building in eight years, will be the campus’s largest. The expansion will bring the total footage of the campus to 174,903 square feet.

Darla Zirbes, PCC’s Northwest Campus president, said the facility will help the college adapt to increased enrollment as the northwest side grows.

“This will definitely increase the number of students we can serve,” she said. “Knowing Oro Valley and Marana are the leading growing parts of Pima County is a great motivator. We’re really optimistic about that.”

For the rest of the story, check out Thursday's Nortwest Star.