Center for Vocational and Transition Studies

digital rendering of new vociational building. brick building, 3 stories, large windows, and bikes out front
predesign concept sketch of new vocational building. Brick building, glass doors and windows, benches and students out front of building
sketch of new vocational building. three story brick building with tall windows, benches out front, trees and a larg LCC logo on side of building


Floor Plans

Project floor plans color coded key

vocational building first floor floor plans

Vocational building project second floor plans

Vocational Building Project Third Floor Plans


About this project

The Center for Vocational and Transition Studies will provide shop spaces, labs, classrooms, informal student learning areas, offices, and support spaces that will serve machine trades, manufacturing, welding, information technology, and the college’s transitional study programs. The replacement project is the number one priority in Lower Columbia College’s Facilities Master Plan.

The 46,267 square foot, $27,443,000 building will be designed to support best practices in vocational training and preparatory studies. The building will provide spaces and technologies that support active learning, interdisciplinary collaboration, and teamwork, and greatly enhance student engagement and success. New, functional adjacencies will increase opportunities for intradisciplinary project-based learning, peer-to-peer engagement, and faculty relationships.

A three-story lab/office/classroom wing positioned adjacent a one-story, high-bay machining and welding shop structure will bring program users together to share space and form community. Regular column bays and open floor plans provide long term flexibility to adapt to evolving program needs such as new technologies and equipment, updated teaching techniques, and new processes.


Team List

  • Natasha Allen, Welding Instructor
  • Donald Derkacht, Computer Science Instructor
  • Kristen Finnel, Vice President of Instruction
  • Tamra Gilchrist, Dean of Instruction
  • Richard Hamilton, Director of Campus Services
  • Jennifer Hanson, LCC Alumni Association, Business Manufacturing
  • Heidi Patrick, CEO Manager
  • David Pittsley, Welding Instructor
  • Brandon Ray, Director of IT Services
  • Stefan Rijnhart, Computer Science Faculty
  • Kim Rongey, Topper Industries; LCC Welding Advisory Board
  • David Rosi, Computer Science Instructor
  • Laura Sampson, Executive Assistant to the VP of Administration
  • Nathan Shepherd, Machining Instructor
  • Janel Skreen, Director of Environmental Health & Safety
  • Theresa Stalick, Dean of Basic Education
  • Michal Ann Watts, Transitional Studies Instructor
  • Nolan Wheeler, Vice President of Administration
  • Nate Abkemeier, Construction Project Manager

ARCHITECT | McGRANAHAN ARCHITECTS

  • Matt Lane, Principal, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP
  • Ben Fields, Project Architect, AIA, LEED AP
  • Dennis Adjatey, Architectural Associate
  • Marc Gleason, Principal, AIA, LEED AP

CIVIL ENGINEER | PBS ENGINEERING

  • Maureen White, Senior Engineer

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT | SITE WORKSHOP

  • Vinita Sidhu, Principal
  • Avee Oabel, Landscape Designer

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER | LUND OPSAHL ENGINEERS

  • Owen Bower, Principal, PE, SE

MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS | BCE ENGINEERS

  • Scott Zimbelman, Principal, PE
  • Ben Hedin, Principal, PE

VOCATIONAL LAB & EQUIPMENT CONSULTING | RGU

  • Robert Uhrich, AIA, LEED AP
  • Lina McDonald, Architect

COST ESTIMATING | RC COST GROUP

  • John Perry, Senior Associate

Key Milestones

  • Predesign Study: October 2021 – March 2022
  • Predesign Approval: April 2022
  • A/E Selection: March – April 2022
  • Schematic Design: May – July 2022
  • Value Engineering Analysis: August 2022
  • Design Development: August – December 2022
  • Construction Documents: January – June 2023
  • Constructability Review: March 2023
  • Bid/Contracts: July – August 2023
  • Construction Phase 1 - Building: August 2023 – April 2025
  • Equipment Installation: March – April 2025
  • Testing/Commissioning: March – April 2025
  • Occupancy/Substantial Completion Phase 1: May 1, 2025
  • Construction Phase 2 – Demo/Site: May – August 2025
  • Substantial Completion Phase 2: September 1, 2025
  • Full Operation/Final Completion: December 1, 2025

 


Buildings & Facilities Contacts

Administration

  Nolan Wheeler, Vice President, Administration

  (360) 442-2201
  nwheeler@lowercolumbia.edu

Capital Projects

 Richard Hamilton, Director, Campus Services

  (360) 442-2263
  rhamilton@lowercolumbia.edu

Media

 Wendy Hall, Assoc. Vice President, Effectiveness & College Relations

  (360) 442-2491
  whall@lowercolumbia.edu

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