Published May 8, 2014
By the Tri-CIty Herald staff
A new Social Sciences Center for Columbia Basin College is a
step closer to being built after getting unanimous approval Thursday
from the state Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
board also approved the college's purchase of less than two acres at 940
Northgate Drive in Richland, which is across the street from property
already owned by the college. Cost is estimated at $450,000. CBC's board
must still approve the purchase at its Monday meeting, where it is on
the consent agenda.
The $15.5 million Social Sciences Building at
the Pasco campus still needs to be funded by the state Legislature next
year, but Bill Saraceno, CBC's senior vice president, expects that to
come through because of all the design work already done.
"They wouldn't let us spend well over $1 million to not fund it," he said.
building would be more than 40,000 square feet on the north end of the
Pasco campus, with classrooms and offices for the social sciences and
world language departments. Officials in those departments say the
professors in those departments now use classrooms around the campus,
and the new building would allow them to spend less time getting to
CBC officials hopes to break ground on the project in July 2015.
Richland land purchase includes two existing buildings. Officials say
the land has no immediate purpose, but it is located adjacent to the
college's health sciences building, which has more than 20 programs and
400 to 500 students.
It is also next to college-owned property
that now houses Delta High School, which will be moving to a new campus
in west Pasco next year.
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