SPSCC opens new design- and build-focused spaces at Lacey Campus

Monday, September 23, 2019

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, SPSCC cut the ribbon at the newly renovated Lacey Campus Building 3. The space brings closer two Professional Technical programs: the design-focused Advanced Manufacturing on floor one and the build-focused Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Technology on floor two.

Both the spaces and curriculum were designed collaboratively with input from industry, advisory councils, faculty, and student graduates. “By having the programs co-located, it’s easier for students to see what happens on the other side of their curriculum,” said Dean of Natural & Applied Sciences Bryan Powell. “Advanced Manufacturing students receive some design training but can now participate in courses with in-depth focus on designing something to build. And AEC students will be able to see tangible results from models created on a computer.”

“Our Professional Technical programs are always designed collaboratively to ensure our students graduate with current industry standards,” said Dean of Applied Technology Kathy Hoover. “Our goal is employment in their field of study.”  Additionally, the programs support SPSCC’s initiative to serve working adults and to connect to Joint Base Lewis – McChord.

Speakers at the ceremony included state Sen. Sam Hunt, chair of the SPSCC board of trustees, Doug Mah, SPSCC president Dr. Timothy Stokes, and Dean of Applied Technology Kathy Hoover.

Building 3 represents that second renovation on the Lacey Campus since it was purchased. Building 2, home of the Lacey Veterans Services Hub, will be renovated in the coming year.

Also recognized at the ribbon cutting were the businesses from industry that joined forces to create the AEC Technology Endowed Scholarship through the SPSCC Foundation.

Scholarship - Founders

AHBL Engineers, BCE Engineers, Betschart Electric Co., Exodus Engineering, FORMA Construction, Hensel Phelps, Hoffman Construction, Kaufman Construction, Kc2 Services, KMB Architects, Korsmo Construction

Scholarship - Supporters

Christensen Inc. General Contractor, Hargis Engineers, Pease Construction, Ronald Harpel Construct, Inc., Sargent Engineers, SCJ Alliance, Veach Consulting Engineers

Sen. Sam Hunt holds large red scissors to cut a red ribbon along with Board Chair Doug Mah
Photo Credit: Shanna Paxton Photography