STEM building to rise on Clark College campus

first_imgEditors note: This story was written by staff members of The Independent, Clark College’s campus newspaper, as part of a collaboration with The Columbian called Voices From Clark College. It is also being published by The Independent at clarkcollegeindependent.com.Walking through the construction site of the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math building, it is hard to imagine anything other than the piles of dirt and giant yellow construction vehicles that currently occupy the space.“The level where we currently stand will be the second floor,” said project manager Jim Watkins on a recent walk-through.The new building broke ground in August and has an estimated completion date of Feb. 21, 2016. The building will be “completely operable” June or July 2016, according to Peter Williams, Clark College’s dean of STEM. It will provide the STEM program with modern technology, finally bringing it into the 21st century, according to Watkins. The 70,000-square-foot building going up on the north side of Fort Vancouver Way across from the college’s Gaiser Hall should have been completed by now, but it was delayed due to state funding, Watkins said. The building is expected to cost $41 million.The building will have three levels with 10 classrooms, 11 labs, study areas, tutor rooms and a digital lounge. The building will also feature an engineering collaboratorium, cadaver lab and a drop tower.last_img

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