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Saturday, March 2, 2013

College Facility Named to Tacoma-Pierce EDB Excellent 10

Clover Park Technical College’s Health Sciences Facility was recognized at the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board’s annual meeting at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center Friday.

The group’s annual Excellent 10 list names the most notable economic development projects or investments. CPTC’s facility was included in a group of health-focused projects occurring in the Tacoma-Pierce County area in 2012.

Clover Park Technical College instructs the largest number of health care related programs within Pierce County.  The College’s 11 health-training programs have outgrown their current space, built in 1981.

The new health sciences facility will be 55,562 square feet on two floors in order to accommodate the more than 2,166 full-time equivalent students whom the College currently educates in health care training programs that vary from Surgical Technician to Registered Nurse.  Students will have the opportunity to learn in a LEED silver, state of the art facility that includes laboratories that resemble current health care industry standards.

Health occupations continue to see job openings and represent one of the best pathways to prosperity for Pierce County residents. Since they also pay family level wages, they are equally critical to individuals seeking economic self-sufficiency.

More than six years ago, the College submitted a request for a new health sciences facility to house growing health care training programs. The College received construction funding during the 2011-13 biennium. The Legislature funded this project solely out of the capital budget - no operating funds were used by the State to fund this project.

When completed this summer, the facility will be building 21 on the Lakewood Campus of CPTC and will be situated between buildings 16 and 23. It will house two general science labs in addition to laboratory spaces dedicated to career training programs. It will also have ten classrooms and three computer labs.

This is the College’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified Project. In order to meet the LEED standards, the College included features such as a patio/roof garden, herbal garden, landscaping using native plants, energy efficient lighting, HVAC, and plumbing features.

The program laboratory learning spaces will reflect current industry standards. These spaces will also include learning spaces that operate simulation mannequins (“SimMans”) and capture this instruction on a live feed that is shown to a larger student audience elsewhere in the Facility.

Two classrooms will include interactive television capability and wireless Internet access will be available throughout the building.

The facility will also have state-of-the-art security and remote lockdown capability in the event of an emergency.

For the complete list of Top 10 projects visit www.edbtacomapierce.org.
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