Broward College is considering demolishing its 57-year-old building in downtown Fort Lauderdale and possibly replacing it with a larger structure with retail space and more classrooms.
The reason: There's too little room for its growing population of 2,500 to 3,000 downtown students.
A 2010 report showed Broward College, which has about 61,000 credit-seeking students on all its campuses, was the most crowded state college in Florida, having just 37 percent of the space it needs for its enrollment. Palm Beach State College, by contrast, had 60 percent of the space it needed.
To make room downtown, the college plans to move some administrative functions to a recently purchased, 73,000-square-foot facility on Cypress Creek Road. But many of the soon-to-be vacated offices at 225 E. Las Olas Blvd. aren't equipped to be classrooms. So the college must renovate or rebuild the six-story building, which fails to meet current building codes, the Americans with Disability Act standards, and is not energy efficient, according to a feasibility report.