On Jan. 31, the new Health and Life Sciences Building at Highline College will reopen for its students. The three-story building originally came into existence in 1975. About one and a half years ago, on May 7, 2018, the old structure was demolished to be replaced by a sophisticated building with the objective to fulfill the growing demands of healthcare professionals with an integrated, flexible learning environment.
College’s first-ever major project since the last decade, it is worth $30 million and will have a new Wellness Center apart from several academic departments in the healthcare sector.
The renovation promises to include a complete remodeling of the interiors, adding a new site, and refurbishing 46,068 square feet of study space, office, lab, and classroom, all of these making the building no. 26, the very first LEED-certified building in the entire campus.
There are several academic departments, which were previously scattered all around the campus in different buildings mostly separate from one another, are now all moving into the new building. Some of these departments are nursing, respiratory care, healthcare professions, nursing assistant care and physical education. Building 26 will also include laboratories for biology, anatomy and physiology programs.
The primary funding for the building 26 project came from the Washington State Legislature to whom the request had been made between the years 2015 and 2017. The amount decided was $3.4 million for designing. It must be noted that this funding was due to a request made by Washington Community and Technical Colleges’ request to the legislature. In the 2018 legislative session, an additional sum of $23.37 million was approved by the legislature. Local construction and Service and Activities department funded the remaining $3.17 million. The Service and Activities funds comprise the tuition fees paid by the students. It allotted $200,000 towards health fitness equipment for being preserved at the Wellness Center.
For healthcare learning, the event is a milestone that promises to deliver amazing learning experiences for all students. The idea behind the sophisticated development of building 26 is to implement simulation into all levels of our academic programs and encourage critical thinking to enhance the entire clinical practicum.