Embracing the Future:
Big Dreams Forge The Next Step
Not content to rest on its laurels, Clark College is already building for the next 75 years.
On November 19, 2007, groundbreaking took place for Clark College at Columbia Tech Center -- the next step in education for Southwest Washington. During its 2007 session, the Washington State Legislature provided funding for the $27 million project, which is located on a 9.5 acre site in the Columbia Tech Center development. Columbia Tech Center is a 375-acre blend of offices, retail businesses, and light industry.
Located at 18700 SE Mill Plain Boulevard, Clark College at Columbia Tech Center will house 18 classrooms, eight science and computer labs, a 3500-square-foot multipurpose area for conferences, offices for faculty and support staff, and parking for 393 vehicles.
Scheduled to open in fall of 2009, Clark College at Columbia Tech Center will offer general education classes, professional and technical training, basic skills classes, workforce development and personal enrichment courses.
LSW Architects, based in Vancouver, won the design contract for the facility. With increased natural lighting, large projection-screen displays, acoustics, and ergonomic furnishings, the building will be environmentally friendly, exceeding state-mandated certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program. Todd Construction of Tigard, Oregon is the contractor for the project.
And that's just the beginning. Plans are underway for a new science, technology and engineering building at the corner of Fourth Plain Blvd. and Fort Vancouver Way. Preliminary discussions are also underway for a new Clark College site in northern Clark County.
As we have since 1933, Clark College continues to dream big -- always ready to take The Next Step for and with our students and our community.
Here's to the next 75 years!