Trades & Industry Replacement
The Green River Community College Trades and Industry Complex (TI) is comprised of five aging buildings, TI-A, TI-B, TI-C, TI-D, and TI-E, which house the automotive, auto body, carpentry, manufacturing, and welding educational programs. TI-A, B, and C were built in 1966 and TI D and E in 1976. The complex is one of the original low cost, “cottage style” facilities at Green River that were built quickly to meet an immediate program need, without much regard for longevity. With the exception of TI-D that was renovated in 2002, the Trades buildings have not seen any improvements in more than 48 years.
Responding to the college Instructional Plan, the Facilities Master Plan identified the Trades Complex as the next instructional facility for replacement. It calls for a new facility that will allow students to be trained on modern technology-based industrial equipment, will create teaching spaces that augment vocational laboratories, and will improve student access to Trades & Industry programs Students will receive state-of-the-art training in a modernized replacement facility.
In accordance with the FMP, the new Trades Complex will meet the new standard for quality buildings with an emphasis on sustainable design. In accordance with updated state building standards, the building will be designed for LEED Silver certification. The facility will be constructed across the street from the Green River campus on the north side of SE 320th at the old Leah Hill Park. The site was acquired through a land swap with the City of Auburn.
- Increased space and functionality: The implementation of this project will allow the college to continue to respond to significant student demand.
Trades Replacement Funding
- State funded: $32.5M
- College Funded: $2.3M
- Total Project Cost (estimate): $34.8M
Trades Replacement Milestones
- Land use action and community outreach on the Lea Hill Park site occurred in 2009-2010
- The design and permit process began in 2009, but state budget contraction resulted in the project being put on hold.
- The design and permit process re-started in summer 2012 and will be completed in summer 2013
- Community outreach will occur winter 2013
- Construction will start in fall 2013 and be completed in spring 2015
- The new facility will be fully operational in fall quarter 2015
November 20, 2012 by Sam Ball
In the summer of 2010, state funding for the Trades Replacement Project was suspended. In June of this year, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges informed the college that funding for the project will be reinstated. The design team has engaged the Trades faculty and staff to restart the design process.
The current schedule calls for construction to commence on the Lea Hill Park site September 2013 with the facility fully operational fall quarter, 2015.
October 6, 2010 by Sam Ball
The college and the City of Auburn recently agreed to swap ownership of the city-owned Lea Hill Park and the college/foundation owned Martin property. The new trades facility will be constructed on the existing Lea Hill park site and a new park will be constructed on the Martin property.
In preparation for an application to rezone the existing park to Institutional to accommodate the new trades facility, community meetings were held to gain input and hear concerns such as noise, traffic, and building mass. Design elements are being incorporated to help mitigate concerns.
In 2009 design consultants began working with faculty and staff to identify program goals and needs that will drive the design of state-of-the -art trades & industry instructional and support space. The design and permitting schedule has been adjusted to allow for a construction start in summer 2013.