A rendering of the new-look, renovated Highline College Building 26. COURTESY, McGranahan Architects

A rendering of the new-look, renovated Highline College Building 26. COURTESY, McGranahan Architects

Demolition day to mark launch of major renovation to Highline College building

School making more room for more students in health and wellness careers

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 10:40am
  • News

Students seeking in-demand health care careers can look forward to learning in a state-of-the-art facility on Highline College’s main campus.

To create the new space, the college’s Building 26 will undergo a major renovation. The college will mark the start of the project with Demolition Day, scheduled for May 7 at noon outside of Building 26. It is free and open to public.

The estimated $30 million renovation is the college’s first significant capital project in more than a decade. It will also be the first LEED-certified building on campus. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2019.

A three-story concrete masonry structure, Building 26 will become an integrated, flexible learning environment needed to meet the growing demand for health care professionals.

The renovation of the 1970s-era building will include a comprehensive interior remodel of program spaces, a new addition to add program space and faculty offices, and site improvements. Once complete, the Health and Life Sciences Building will include 46,068 square feet of classroom, lab, office and study space.

Design funding of $3.4 million came during the 2015–17 biennium as part of the Washington Community and Technical Colleges’ capital funding request to the state legislature. Construction funding of $23.37 million was approved during the 2018 session of the legislature. An additional $3.17 will be funded by the college through local construction funds, for an estimated total project cost of $30 million.

Project partners include McGranahan Architects of Tacoma and Pease Construction of Lakewood.

Currently, Highline’s health and wellness-related programs are scattered across campus in four separate buildings. Unifying them in one central location will allow students of various disciplines to interact in a real-world environment

The college’s main campus is located in Des Moines, midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99).

More in News

A Kent pioneer calls it a career

Dr. Sue Hollinsworth, the city’s first female dentist, is retiring after 40 years of practice

Take online survey about city of Kent parks

Staff seeks feedback about how to improve parks

Morris suspends his King County prosecuting attorney race due to medical reasons

Only challenger against Prosecuting Attorney Satterberg

Kent’s ShoWare Center first in line to get funds from county lodging tax

If revenues high enough, arena to get $200,000 per year

‘Telling Our Stories Art, Social Justice & Superheroes’ coming to Daniel Elementary

Daniel Elementary School hosts Diversity Appreciation Night on Thursday, Sept. 27, featuring… Continue reading

Kent, Sound Transit dispute bus plan at new Sounder garage

City staff claims street cannot handle Metro bus traffic

South King County candidates forum to feature community stories, issues

Washington CAN (Community Action Network) is partnering with community organizations to host… Continue reading

Kent City Councilman Thomas continues fight against diabetes

Returns to council for two straight meetings after long absence

State Patrol bust nine in prostitution sting at Federal Way I-5 rest area

Rest stop just south of Wild Waves near South 369th Street

Most Read