January 31- SeaTac Councilmember Clyde Hill joined Representative Tina Orwall, Normandy Park Deputy Mayor Michelle Sipes Marvin and Highline College students and officials with an official ribbon cutting ceremony of the Health and Life Sciences Building.
The $30 million project is the college’s first significant capital project in more than a decade and will house a number of academic departments in health-related fields, in addition to a new Wellness Center.
The renovation of the three-story building, originally built in 1975, includes a comprehensive interior remodel, a new addition to the building and site improvements for a total of 46,068 square feet of classroom, lab, office and study space. It will also be the first LEED-certified building on campus.
Previously scattered across campus in separate buildings, several academic departments are in the process of moving into the new building. These departments include Nursing, Respiratory Care, Healthcare Professions, Nursing Assistant and Physical Education. There will also be labs for biology, anatomy and physiology courses.
A Wellness Center, which will be open to staff, faculty and students, as well as a personal fitness trainer lab, is located on the first floor.
Additionally, faculty offices in various departments are located in the new building. These include offices in the Respiratory Care, Business Technology, Physical Education, Nursing, Health Care Professions, Math, and Hospitality and Tourism Management departments.
The Washington State Legislature funded the majority of the project with $3.4 million in design funding during the 2015–17 biennium. That funding was part of a Washington Community and Technical Colleges’ capital funding request to the legislature. Years later, the legislature approved an additional $23.37 million for construction during the 2018 legislative session. The college then funded the remaining $3.17 million through local construction and Service and Activities funds. Of the Service and Activities funds, which are funds students pay within their tuition, the Associated Students of Highline College allocated $200,000 for fitness equipment to be in the wellness center.
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