The 54,000 square foot Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) building is one of the core classroom buildings at Green River Community 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.
- 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 Out-of-date and worn-out utility support systems will be replaced and upgraded.
- 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
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 Riverâ€™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.
October 4, 2010 by Sam Ball
The design process continues on schedule to accommodate a construction start in late winter 2012. During fall quarter 2011 and throughout the holiday break, all SMT operations will be temporarily relocated in the HS/SS/BI complex to prepare for this extensive renovation.
The schedule calls for operations to return to SMT in time for a fall quarter 2013 opening.
February 22, 2010 by Sam Ball
SMT design consultants met with faculty and support staff during fall quarter 2009 to develop schematic plans (room locations, shapes, and sizes) for the classrooms, offices and support spaces.
Program consolidation, layout efficiency, right-sizing spaces and adding technology infrastructure was considered.
In the existing SMT structure, right-sizing of spaces, adding new elevators and restrooms prevented the addition of new classrooms. It even became necessary for the Facilities to plan for a permanent relocation.
The design and permit process will be complete in spring 2011. To prepare for construction, SMT occupants will temporarily occupy the HS/SS/BI complex. Construction is slated to be complete in early 2013 followed by the installation of equipment and furnishings.
SMT occupants will move back into the newly renovated facility in time for a fall quarter 2013.
August 31, 2009 by Sam Ball
Architects and Engineers have been working with college staff to identify critical structural, mechanical, electrical, ADA access challenges that will impact the ability to address existing program fragmentation and resultant inefficiencies. This renovation project will not increase the existing building size, so every effort will be made to consolidate building support systems efficiently. This preliminary effort will help prepare the design team to begin meetings with faculty and support staff in early October.
Program goals will include the design of right sized classrooms and faculty offices, areas that accommodate double sections that utilize inter-disciplinary approaches to instruction, and informal study areas. Versatile program spaces will ensure a significant increase in the utilization of available square footage.