Board of Trustees Approves Resolution to Pause Construction Project

Dear Colleague,

At the special meeting of the Board of Trustees on Friday, January 31, the Board approved Resolution 155 to pause construction on the Allied Health, Science & Advanced Manufacturing Classroom Complex (HSAMCC) in order to allow the College to complete additional planning for the programs currently housed in the buildings that would be replaced.

Pausing the construction will also pause the need for the state legislature to approve local financing for a certificate of participation (COP), which the governor did not include in the capital budget.

The College is working proactively with the State Board of Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and legislative leadership to move the resolution forward and coordinate the capital request in the next biennial budget. It is our expectation that once we are ready to proceed with the construction project, the HSAMCC building will be placed at the top of the 2021-23 capital project list.

In the meantime, the College will continue to take necessary steps and actions to continue preparing for the new building (such as building design and raising funds for a capital campaign).

Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.

Message from Facilities Director Jason Francois: No power to buildings 2000, 2100, 2200 & 2300 on Sat, Nov 2, 2019 (7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)

Dear Colleague,

As part of the early permit and site work, the construction team for the Health, Science and Advanced Manufacturing Classroom Complex will be conducting load monitoring for various portions of our electrical system.

One of the key points for this monitoring is the transformer and panel in the rhododendron grove between the 2100 and 2300 buildings. On Saturday, November 2, 2019 the team will install the monitoring devices. This will result in a power loss to buildings 2000, 2100, 2200, and 2300 for the duration of the installation which is expected to be from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The rest of campus will not be affected.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Jason Francois, MBA
Director of Facilities and Capital Projects

Message from President Roberts: Health, Science & Advanced Manufacturing Classroom Complex update

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to provide an update on the construction of our new Health, Science & Advanced Manufacturing Classroom Complex (HSAMCC). As you may be aware, we experienced a significant delay between our initial request for state funding in 2012 and the appropriation by the legislature in 2017. This delay along with escalating regional construction costs (which state appropriations for cost escalation have not kept up with) resulted in the loss of an entire floor in the building, which in turn reduced the space available for the Advanced Manufacturing and Dental Hygiene programs.

Three factors made it difficult for these programs to be retained in the projected smaller HSAMCC building: (1) the significant total square footage required for Dental Hygiene, which could not be accommodated without displacing other programs; (2) the specific requirement that the Dental Hygiene space be publicly accessible and in a visible ground-floor location; (3) Advanced Manufacturing also requires a ground-floor location due to the significant weight of the machinery.

Because of the unique requirements of the Dental Hygiene program, the College immediately began exploring other space options. During spring quarter 2019, we explored moving the entire HSAMCC building by 100 feet to the north and adding back a fourth floor to the building. This option would have allowed the College to maintain the 2500 building so neither the Dental Hygiene nor Advanced Manufacturing programs would have to be displaced during construction. However, this option surfaced numerous concerns related to permitting, environmental impacts, and delays in construction that would result in an additional expense of $14M to the project. This option was not financially feasible and the College began exploring other on-campus and off-campus options for Advanced Manufacturing in the short-term and Dental Hygiene for the short and long-term.

Exploring Dental Hygiene Options

In early summer, working with our architectural and construction firms, we continued exploring the implications of moving the Dental Hygiene program to the first floor of Building 9000 (PUB). With additional due diligence, multiple concerns surfaced including at least two other student services needing to be displaced in the cascade of moves (the Bookstore and Student Computer Lab). The College also discovered the funding of the PUB restricts the use of the space to non-student activities and services. The outcome of these discoveries effectively eliminated the PUB first floor space, as an option.

Throughout the summer, the College continued the on-campus exploration of alternate space for Dental Hygiene. This intricate exploration involved the cost of building upgrades, equipment moves and purchases, and dislocations of other programs. This search for on-campus options is still underway. The College continues to explore various off-campus options for our Dental Hygiene program, including partnerships and off-campus leasing of retail space.

Exploring Advanced Manufacturing Options

In anticipation of construction beginning in July 2020, the Advanced Manufacturing program will need to move off-campus for about two years. We are continuing to work with potential partners, including temporary leasing options during the construction period.

Although the exploration of short- and long-term solutions for both of these programs is not ideal, the College will continue to consider all possible opportunities to support these programs that serve our students and our community. We will provide updates as additional information becomes available.


Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.


Residence hall update & student move-in schedule

After years of planning and months of preparation, our student residence hall is finally a reality! We are thrilled to welcome our first-ever student residents. At the time of opening, we expect to be at 90% occupancy, with a rich mix of domestic and international students across various ages and programs.

Here is what you need to know about what’s happening at 7000 Campus Living this month:


  • Campus entrances and parking will be impacted September 7-13, when all furniture will be delivered and installed in the building. We ask for your patience during this big event! There will be several work crews, large trucks, and pallets of furniture temporarily staged in various parking areas and walkways.
  • Employees are asked to avoid using the main entrance to campus September 7-13. Please enter at the West Gate to reduce traffic congestion near Building 7000.
  • The visitor parking lot will be closed during this time and visitors will be directed to enter at the West Gate and park in the west lot (fees and permits will not be required).
  • One of the vendors, Correctional Industries, will have an experienced crew working onsite during these dates. While many schools, including UW, routinely use their services with no issues or complications, we wanted to let you know about their presence on our campus.


  • Please anticipate increased traffic to campus September 14-22 for student move-in.
  • Resident Assistants and Avery Whittington, Assistant Director of Residential Life, will move in September 7-8. New international students will move in September 14-15. New and continuing domestic students and continuing international students will move in September 20-22.
  • Students will be assigned three-hour blocks between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on those days to move their belongings in. Rolling carts will be provided to assist them. Be ready for a buzz of activity at the main campus entrance and visitor lot as parents and others help students settle into their new living arrangement.


  • Join us for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 26 at 11:00 a.m. in front of 7000 Campus Living. Students and employees will be able to tour the building at 12:00 p.m.


  • For the first several weeks of fall quarter, we will not accept reservations for campus events in Building 7000 to ensure that our students’ move-in process goes smoothly and they have first priority to use the space as they settle in. Room reservation information will be made available later in the quarter. For questions about future reservations, please contact Jenifer Adelotte.

Thank you!

Temporary road closure (for prep work & repaving)

Dear Colleague,

The road east of the 9000 building (the “PUB”) will be temporarily closed due to construction work and repaving. This will impact traffic entering from the east entrance (“East Gate”) heading north for the next eight days.

• Wednesday, September 4th – Sunday, September 8th: Roadway prep work.
• Monday, September 9th and Wednesday, September 11th: Repaving of the roadway.

I appreciate the community’s continued patience while we get this critical work completed. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Edwin Lucero
Director | Safety, Security & Emergency Management