Top priority in the capital budget for 2009-2011 is the Applied Technology Classroom building at WSU Vancouver (see ONLINE
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www.olympia.wsu.edu/Budget.aspx).
If the 2009 Legislature approves WSU’s request, the $42.6 million, four-story structure — and its smaller companion laboratory building — will begin construction next summer. Together, they will serve students, faculty and the area technology industry.
The regents recently approved schematic designs for the buildings, as well as for an addition to the Education and Human Development Building at WSU Vancouver.
Planned for the north end of campus, the ATC building and its adjoining two-story, $16.8 million Semiconductor Component Testing Laboratory will add more than 71,600 square feet of classroom and lab space to WSU Vancouver. Completion is scheduled for 2011 (see ONLINE
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www.cpd.wsu.edu/CPDProjects).
The lab will be developed by the Washington Technology Center, a statewide economic development organization.
“They are a separate entity, but WSU will manage their project,” Dave Smith, director of capital planning at WSU Vancouver, told the Clark County Columbian newspaper.
The ATC building will provide classroom, research and faculty space for expanded electrical engineering and computer science courses, allowing students, faculty and companies to work together.
The addition to the Education and Human Development Building will create space to teach kindergarten classes. It will cost $1.2 million and will be funded by a grant from the McClaskey Family Foundation. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2009 and be completed in summer 2009.
A new building has been added to WSU Vancouver every other year since the campus began in 1995. Construction continues on the $28 million Undergraduate Classroom Building, set to open in summer 2009.
Future campus plans include a four-story business classroom building, health sciences building, more roads and parking, and a possible student recreation center.