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 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 state student population growth has declined an average of 3.5 percent since 2010-2011, but it appears to be leveling off. Running Start and International Programs have run counter to this trend, as well as STEM and certain technical programs. Funding growth projects remain a desirable and beneficial option.
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.
The 31,500sf Auburn Center is being developed at 1221 D St NE, to house the Aviation programs and the programs currently occupying the downtown rental facility. Consolidating these programs into one building will more efficiently utilize resources with shared classrooms and building managerial functions. Student Affairs will also co-locate in this building to serve the Aviation students, and provide support for ABE and Gen Ed students that will utilize this facility. This site is in close proximity to the Auburn Airport, benefiting the Aviation program. Further, the site will allow for ample parking and potential future expansion.
The 36 year-old Lindbloom Student Center, recently renamed Student Affairs & Success Building (SA), is poorly configured to meet growing program needs. Spaces vacated when student life, conference services, and the bookstore moved to the new Student Union building, creates opportunities to dramatically impact student completion and success, address critical college space needs, have a positive impact on sustainability, create efficiencies, make good use of state resources, and make process and physical improvements that help the college align with its strategic plan.
It will provide students a One-Stop Shop for Career and Advising, Completions, and Testing.
Mel Lindbloom Student Union
The 71,100sf Mel Lindbloom Student Union houses the Paper Tree Bookstore, Gator Grille food service, the Daily Grind, a new Recreation and Athletic Center, offics for Student Life . the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and varoius meeting rooms. The project is designed and constructed to achieve a LEED Silver rating.
View 14 different renderings of the Student Union building.
The new 71,600sf facility houses general classrooms and specialized labs for automotive, carpentry, manufacturing and welding. New systems meet or exceed today's standards and code requirements. The layout includes; 'right sized' classrooms, labs and offices, open study areas, better circulation, and is ADA compliant. The project is designed and constructed to achieve a LEED Silver rating.
The 54,000 square foot Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) is one of the core classroom buildings. Built in 1974, the facility was no longer able to meet the needs of the college, students and educational programs.
Renamed Cedar Hall, the renovation of this building improved student access, utilizes modern technology and provides room for growth. Cedar Hall is designed to be energy and mechanically efficient and was constructed to achieve a LEED Silver Rating with sustainable, durable materials.
SE 320th Street Improvements
Safety, pedestrian and vehicular improvements on SE 320th included a storm detention system, curbs, sidewalks, gutters and illumination. Existing overhead lines were installed underground. The improvements provide pedestrian access to the new Trades Technologies building located on the north side of 320th and the new Mel Lindbloom Student Union building located on the south side of 320th. The street project began in June, 2013 and was completed in December, 2013.
Salish Hall, completed in fall 2011, occupies 80,000 square feet. The increase in square footage allows for the replacement of undersized classrooms and labs.
The Facilities Operation building was completed in 2011.
Kent Campus - Phase II
Kent Campus Phase II, completed in summer 2009 occupies 43,000 square feet of the second and third floors of a new building constructed just south of Phase I. Connected by second and third floor sky bridges, the additional space creates the opportunity to expand class offerings.
PE Building Renovation
A significant renovation on mechanical systems, interiors, and the installation of new bleachers was completed in 2010.
Zgolinski Welcome Center
The Welcome Center, completed in spring 2008 was created by adding to and renovating the OEA Building. The Center offers new students all the services in one convenient location.
For information, visit the Welcome Center.
Marv Nelson Science Learning Center
The new Science Building replaced the ST complex and was completed in spring 2007.
A new facility allows the college to accommodate increasing enrollment pressure and provide accredited science programs needed to keep reen River current with industry and marketplace demand. The building provided the opportunity to centralize the college’s 'wet lab' science programs, to include chemistry, physics, astronomy, life sciences, geology, and health sciences within one location.
Kent Campus - Phase I
opened a new 22,600 square foot classroom facility at Kent Station in downtown Kent in September, 2005. The new Green River Kent Campus is part of a $100 million mixed use retail and transit center bordering First and Fourth avenues, east of the Regional Justice Center.
Kent Campus will offer credit classes during both the day and evening, some of which will be integrated with distance learning. In addition to credit classes, the Kent Campus will host a variety of student services including registration, advising, COMPASS assessment, textbook sales, and library services. Job skills training in a variety of business and computer skills, customized corporate training, and the Small Business Assistance Center will also be offered.
For the latest information on Kent Campus programs and services visit Kent Campus.
The Technology Center, funded as a growth project, was completed in spring 2005.
The Center provides a state-of-the-art training facility for aviation and information technology programs.
The Technology Center was the first stage of a master plan initiative to locate two new major buildings on the former athletic field close to the center of the main campus. The site is located adjacent to parking and accommodates a plan to include storm detention, landscaping, pathways and plaza provisions. The Center is constructed using campus building standards, sustainable design and energy standards, and most importantly, a focused approach toward meeting the critical programmatic needs of the college.
The Technology Center is directly adjacent to the new Science Center.
Campus Corner Apartments (Student Housing)
New housing for students is located to the west of Parking Lot K. Campus Corner Apartments was completed in September 2004, in time for fall quarter occupancy. For information on student housing, please visit Campus Corner Apartments.
International Programs Office Building
The International Programs Office Building (IVD) replaced the original International Programs Office and is located southeast of the IVC building. This project was completed in fall 2004. For information on International Programs, visit International Programs.
The Kennelly Commons, developed on the site of the old Performing Arts building, provides a new central open space and focus for the campus. The project was completed in fall 2004.
Bleha Performing Arts Center
The Bleha Performing Arts Center replaced the original PA building and was completed in spring 2003.
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 »