LANCASTER – Work is expected to begin this spring on a $3.2 million parking lot that is the first in a series of projects aimed at preparing Antelope Valley College for bigger enrollment. The project will add about 1,000 parking spaces at the campus’ north end to relieve chronic parking congestion. The project is in design and college officials hope to put it out for bids around April. “In April or May we will start the project,” said Doug Jensen, the college’s director of facilities and campus development. “It will take about four months to complete.” The project is the first funded under a $139 million bond measure approved by Antelope Valley voters in 2004. The bond will fund projects aimed at updating the Lancaster campus, which has several buildings more than 40 years old, and to start the initial development of a Palmdale campus. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The overhaul is needed, college officials said, to accommodate enrollment expected nearly to double to more than 23,000 students by the year 2015. AVC officials said preliminary design work is in progress on an $8.9 million complex that will house a new operations and maintenance building, a warehouse and new greenhouses for agriculture courses. The operations and maintenance building is considered a top priority in part because the existing building is located where the college plans to build a $27.7 million health and science building. The health and science building will be funded with state funds, provided that California voters approve an upcoming statewide bond, and a matching contribution from the local bond revenue. The building has a tentative completion date of 2011. The health and science building will include 44,000 square feet for labs and classrooms to support biological sciences and physical sciences, including a planetarium. An additional 21,000 square feet will be dedicated to the health sciences including nursing, emergency medical services, surgical, cardiovascular and radiologic technology. Also in line for state funding is a new 400-seat theater. The building could also double as a large lecture hall.