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Cedar Hall



Cedar Hall

The 54,000 square foot Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) building is one of the core classroom buildings at Green River College. Built in 1974, the facility is no longer able to meet the needs of the college, students and educational programs.

Renamed Cedar Hall, the renovation of this building will improve student access, utilize modern technology and provide room for growth. Cedar Hall is designed to be energy and mechanically efficient and is being constructed to achieve a LEED Silver Rating with sustainable, durable materials. 

Project Improvements

  • Increased space and functionality: Square footage will be increased and designed to provide optimal space for program consolidation, right size classrooms and added technology infrastructure for current and future growth.
  • Fire suppression: Additional fire suppression sprinklers will be installed throughout the facility and the fire-alarm system will be upgraded.
  • ADA access: The SMT Building was built before ADA became law and does not provide code-compliant access for non-ambulatory persons. All entrances, hallways and pathways serving building entries will be ADA compliant.
  • Energy efficiency: There is no thermal insulation in the exterior walls, most of the exterior windows are single-pane and the window frames have no thermal break. The HVAC systems are grossly inefficient causing a tremendous waste of energy. This will be addressed by adding exterior insulation, replacing windows and upgrading to an energy-efficient HVAC system.
  • Upgraded utility systems: The HVAC, plumbing and power systems installed during original construction are past their useful life and require replacement. Out-of-date and worn-out utility support systems will be replaced and upgraded.

Project Funding

  • State funded:                  $17.4M
  • College funded:                $2.1M
  • Total project cost:               $19.5M


  • Design and permits began in summer 2009 and were completed fall 2011
  • Construction began December 2011
  • Completion is scheduled for May 2013, The renovated building will be fully operational fall quarter, 2013

Progress Reports

November 20, 2012 by Sam Ball

The Cedar Hall Renovation Project continues to progress on schedule.  This is a major renovation that includes new walls, ceilings, floor coverings, windows, along with new mechanical, electrical, and Information Technology systems. Moving the facilities operation out of the building allowed for all the existing programs and offices to be right-sized to meet current standards. There will also be more open spaces for student to gather. New paths for all entrances will be ADA compliant.

Construction is slated to be completed spring 2013 followed by the installation of equipment and furnishings.  Cedar Hall occupants will move back into the newly renovated facility in time for fall quarter 2013.

February 22, 2012 by Sam Ball

Built in 1974, this 54,000 square foot building has a myriad of problems that will be resolved in the renovation. Classrooms will include modern technology and be right-sized with efficient and versatile layouts. Informal study areas will be added.

All areas will be fully accessible and will comply with all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Energy efficient windows and insulation, coupled with heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems will lower on-going operating costs and allow the college to strive for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating.

This project furthers several Green River Strategic Goals:

  • Students will master the skills sought by employers to be successful in the workplace.
  • Members of our diverse communities will have reasonable access to affordable educational programs and services that meet their needs.
  • The citizens of Washington will be ensured of Green River’s consistent practice of responsible fiscal stewardship and public accountability.

The project also responds to the Institutional Goals outlined in the Instructional/Student Services Plan by:

  • Improving student access to instructional programming;
  • Creating teaching spaces adjacent to faculty offices and students support services;
  • Ensuring students will be trained on modern technology-based equipment; Improving long-term energy efficiency, and instructional flexibility.

The project is scheduled to be completed in late spring 2013 and fully operational for fall quarter 2013.

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