November 14, 2007
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY SCHEDULED FOR CLARK COLLEGE
AT COLUMBIA TECH CENTER
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Monday, Nov. 19
for Clark College at Columbia Tech Center, the next step in higher education for Southwest Washington
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- On Monday, Nov. 19, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held for Clark College at Columbia Tech Center, the next step in higher education for Southwest Washington.
The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the college’s future site at 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver.
According to Clark College President Robert K. Knight, “Clark College at Columbia Tech Center will be a beautiful facility, housing 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. It’s going to be great for our students – especially those who live and work in the eastern portion of our service district.”
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.
During its 2007 session, the Washington State Legislature provided funding for the $27 million project, which will be 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.
LSW Architects, based in Vancouver, won the design contract for the facility. With increased natural lighting, large projection-screen displays, acoustics, and ergonomic furnishings, LSW Architects plans to exceed state-mandated certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (otherwise known as LEED) program. Todd Construction of Tigard, Oregon will be the contractor for the project.