Ideas are in the works for Zane State College's expansion project.
Zane State President Dr. Paul Brown said the college has selected SHP Leading Design to plan the Advanced Science and Technology Center.
"This is a firm out of Columbus that has extensive experience with science, technology and math buildings," said Brown. "They also have a great deal of experience with LEED certified energy efficient buildings."
Brown said the new 40,000 square foot building will be a living lab powered by geothermal and solar energy. He said the center will integrate science and technology programs that are currently spread all over campus.
"All of these systems are going to be exposed to the students, so they can see how they're designed, how they operate and how they can be maintained," said Brown. "In addition to energizing the center, it's going to be a teaching and learning tool for the students as well."
Brown said the center will also be a place for summer camps and professional development. He said he expects to open the doors in 2013.