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Dec 27, 2012

Cascade Campus is “growing with excitement” as it breaks ground on two new buildings

From left to right, Dr. Gatewood, Esther Forbyn, Kali Thorne Ladd and Dr. Pulliams take part in the groundbreaking ceremony.

From left to right, Dr. Gatewood, Esther Forbyn, Kali Thorne Ladd and Dr. Preston Pulliam take part in the groundbreaking ceremony.

More than 100 stakeholders, including students, instructors and staff, braved the winter weather on December 11 to take part in a groundbreaking event for two new buildings – a student center and an academic building – as well as an underground parking facility at Cascade Campus.  People gathered under a white tent – and even hovered on the edges with umbrellas – to hear Dr. Algie Gatewood, Cascade Campus President, share his perspectives about the “growing excitement on campus” in anticipation of the new student union and academic building.

Dr. Algie Gatewood welcomed both campus and community stakeholders at the groundbreaking event.

Dr. Algie Gatewood welcomed both campus and community stakeholders at the groundbreaking event.

“These new buildings … represent a wonderful collaboration between the campus and the community,” Gatewood said. “We reached out to our neighborhood and asked what they wanted to see – and, perhaps more importantly, what they didn’t want to see – from a new and improved Cascade Campus. Together, we created a campus that will meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and neighbors alike.”

Preston Pulliams, PCC College President; Kali Thorne Ladd, PCC’s newest board member, and Esther Forbyn, PCC Student Body President also addressed the crowd.

“Creating a solid infrastructure of student support can make the difference between succeeding or not succeeding in college,” said Cascade Student Body President Esther Forbyn. “These new buildings, especially the Student Center, will increase and enhance our ability to foster student success, and help students prepare for a better life to come.”

Campus and community members hover on the edges of the event tent with the protection of umbrellas.

Campus and community members hover on the edges of the event tent with the protection of umbrellas.

Will Dann, a principal withTHA Architecture, the firm that designed the two new buildings and underground parking facility for Cascade Campus led the audience through a “virtual tour” of the future buildings and open space.

“Imagine yourself walking through the open space plaza between the new buildings,” he said. “You notice that the buildings are mostly wood and natural colors, blending into and being a part of the surrounding neighborhood while also exuding the feel of a modern educational institution.”

Construction crews started construction on the new parking facility on December 17. It is expected to be complete by late 2013, at which time construction of the two new buildings will have already begun. The entire project is expected to be finished by 2015.

 

Gina

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One Response to “Cascade Campus is “growing with excitement” as it breaks ground on two new buildings”

  1. Kathleen Rowlands

    December 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm   Reply

    The neighborhood is not excited about the duration of the construction and the impact it will have on our parking and traffic flow in the neighborhood. The PCC Bond committee reached out to community to find out what the the community wanted as far as the Campus Building but needs to stay on board during the construction to help solve traffic flow and parking problems. This construction will greatly impact our lives here in the neighborhood until that parking lot returns. The City and PCC need to close the entrance/exit on Jessup to Parking Lot 1 and direct all traffic through major streets, not through the neighborhood, which cant handle it. This is one community member that is not excited.

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