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Two Vancouver projects move forward

PULLMAN – The Board of Regents of WSU advanced two building projects for the Vancouver campus at its regularly scheduled meeting held Friday.

The board approved the schematic designs for the Applied Technology Classroom Building and Washington Technology Center Semiconductor Component Testing Facility and schematic designs for an addition to the Education and Human Development Building at WSU Vancouver.

The technology classroom building will serve electrical engineering programs and will also provide additional classroom space. The Semiconductor Component Testing Facility is planned as a connected extension that will be part of the greater Vancouver area’s effort to enhance investment in the region’s semiconductor industry.

The technology classroom building will cost $42.6 million. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall 2009, pending funding from the Washington Legislature. The semiconductor testing facility, which is a Washington Technology Center project, is estimated to cost $16.8 million.

The addition to the Education and Human Development Building will create space to teach all-day kindergarten classes. It will cost $1.2 million and will be funded by a grant from the McClaskey Family Foundation. Construction is slated to begin in spring 2009 and be completed in summer 2009.

The regents also approved technical changes to the WSU retirement plan and voluntary investment plan. The revisions were made to reflect changes in federal law included in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 and will have no impact on plan eligibility and participation.

The regents’ next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 30 at WSU Vancouver.

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