Facilities Master Plan
All existing buildings are evaluated for appropriateness for replacement or renovation funding. Potential building sites for growth, replacement, and COP projects will also be identified. Careful consideration of program need, FTE growth, project phasing/relocation issues, impact to college image and operations, and the likelihood of funding, will determine the priority under which the projects will be developed.
In general, the older facilities at Green River Community College are in average to below average condition for their use and age. The original intent of the campus architecture was to blend in with its heavily forested surroundings, and early structures were small, wood-framed buildings. They are primarily one or two stories with exterior circulation and mansard roofs clad with cedar shingles. The early buildings were built with light construction techniques and materials and have reached or are reaching the end of their useful life cycles. These older buildings are scheduled for replacement in the next few biennia as they no longer meet college needs, systems are failing, and repairs are no longer cost-effective.
For detailed information on current building start, projected finish dates, estimated costs, funding sources, and project updates, please see the Building Projects section.
Needs & Growth
As educational and Workforce training needs of Green River and its community are ever-changing, it is imperative that the college adapt to emerging needs. These needs will be integrated into the Master Plan as they arise. Anticipated emergent issues include space for Continuing Education, Human Resources, general administrative support, and for additional general classrooms.
To view a current list of new and emerging programmatic needs, go to Unfunded Projects.
FTE student population growth remains strong, and funding growth projects remain a desirable and beneficial option. It is assumed that a future growth project on the main campus will be a general education facility of approximately 70,000 gsf.
Given the need for balance between providing infrastructure and parking for new projects and maintaining the natural environment, including wetlands and steep slopes, building sites for a growth project on the main campus are limited.
Along with each proposed building development project, infrastructure issues will comply with City of Auburn conditional use permitting requirements. Utilities will be upgraded to meet capacities necessary for project use and building size or as campus needs demand. Other site infrastructure issues will be defined by the conditional use permitting process and are expected to include traffic studies, right of way improvements and easements, storm water quality mitigation, mass transit support, etc.
Projected FTE growth will also influence the amount of new parking to be provided beyond that required by code.
Because these elements frequently carry substantive construction cost implications, and it is difficult to procure funding for infrastructure work within SBCTC funding mechanisms, every effort will be made to incorporate infrastructure elements within approved capital funded building projects.
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In response to the Governor's Executive Order 05-05 - Archaeological and Cultural Resources, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) has developed a plan and procedures to provide direction and contact information in the case of unanticipated discovery of human remains or archaeological artifacts during construction. The SBCTC suggests that this be a tool to be presented at each project pre-construction meeting.
Read the Unanticipated Discovery Plan »