Alamance Community College broke ground in May of 2021 on the $17.6 million Biotechnology Center of Excellence in Graham, N.C. Designed by Clark Nexsen, the three-story, 33,000-sf facility will provide a large general teaching lab, a cleanroom, seminar and conference rooms, faculty offices, and specialized labs for programs in biotechnology, medical laboratory technology, histotechnology, and agricultural biotechnology. Enabling hands-on, experiential learning, the light-filled structure will feature technology-rich training suites where students can acquire the skills sought by local life science companies. LabCorp, a health diagnostics firm based in Burlington, contributed $1 million in funding for the project. The center will include a business incubator to promote industry partnerships, as well as shell space that may eventually house a simulated biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility. A new plaza and green space for socializing and gathering will be complemented by a tiered seating area that can double as an outdoor classroom. Completion is expected in fall of 2022.