LAKEWOOD – The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges approved Clover Park Technical College as No. 4 on the design list for its 2015-17 capital budget recommendation for a new Center for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies.
CPTC’s request is for funding approval to design an estimated 62,478-square foot building to replace Building 22 on its Lakewood campus. The projected cost to design and build is $36,182,000.
The project request moves on to the governor’s office and legislature with the rest of the SBCTC recommended projects. If funded, the project will enter the pre-design phase with an architect, and once designed, will move on to the build list for the 2017-2019 biennium.
If CPTC is funded this biennium, pre-design will begin July 1, 2015, and design will start December 2015. Construction is anticipated to begin July 2017, with building occupancy in January 2019.
The proposed Center for Advanced Manufacturing will replace Building 22, which was constructed in the 1940s as a Navy supply warehouse and is not suitable for instructional use. The new facility will meet CPTC, local business and industry needs for existing and emerging manufacturing programs and will house: Manufacturing Technologies, Material Science – Non-destructive Testing, Mechatronics Technician, BAS Manufacturing Operations, Advanced Composites Technology, Engineering Technology and short-term industry training in manufacturing-related areas.
“This building will give us a chance to respond to community, business and industry needs in the advanced manufacturing fields,” said Dr. Lonnie L. Howard, president of CPTC. “Our hope is that the legislature and governor will support the design of this facility and continue to help Clover Park to develop an employable workforce within Pierce County.”
The center is designed to meet the industry needs in Pierce and King County for a skilled manufacturing workforce. The new programs will increase the number of skilled CNC machinists, composite technicians and automation technician employees.
The replacement project is CPTC’s highest facilities priority identified in the Facilities Master Plan and is the best option to meet the program needs of the College.