positioning a campus for the future scholar

Keeping pace with marketplace demands as an academic institution requires a level of adaptability and sophistication in capital planning. Forecasting future workforce preparation needs against the institutions’ capabilities, capacity, funding and contribution to marketability is an exercise in strategic analysis. Tacoma Community College has responded to that need for over 50 years, expanding and modifying facilities to support continuing education, advanced certification and accredited 4-year degree programs that attract students and instructors alike. Positioning the campus for the next generation of workforce preparation, Hargis has contributed to college’s efforts through mission critical system upgrades, campus infrastructure modifications and new construction.

Pamela J. Transue Center for Science & Engineering

The master planned 77,000 sf state-of-the art science and engineering building became a model for other institutions considering capital investments to support 4-year degree accreditation. It was the first building as part of the southern campus expansion, designed according to LEED® silver criteria with a progressive heat recovery/ re-use strategies to serve the laboratories featuring 17 fumehoods and completed under the alternative general contractor/construction management (GC/CM) contract model.

Harned Center for Health Careers

A 70,000 sf, LEED® Gold certified facility features flexible, technology enriched instructional spaces for the health, nursing and medical training programs. These spaces include classrooms, laboratories, meeting and office spaces and an Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation lab. The center supports programs in high demand (Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Care, Health Information Management, Human Services, Nursing, Radiologic Sciences, and Respiratory Therapy). Planned and designed for a 50-year life cycle, flexibility was core to system design and program space configuration.

Campus Life/Safety Systems

The campus fire alarm systems at the Tacoma (main) and Gig Harbor locations were upgraded to a new networked system utilizing fiber optical cabling. The campuses were fully occupied and operational throughout constructions, with portions under construction on the main campus. Fourteen buildings in Tacoma were fully upgraded, with new fire alarm network interface at nine additional buildings. The Gig Harbor facility also received a complete energy management (EMS) system upgrade.

Demolition & Maintaining Campus Services

In order to make way for the new Harned Center for Health Careers on the south edge of the campus, Building 14 needed to be razed. The challenge in doing so was the number of interdependent campus electrical, mechanical and low voltage systems routed through this building. We developed and executed a plan to modify and relocate the existing campus fire alarm and EMS systems, working closely with several project stakeholders and AHJs, including SEPA, to complete the project on time and under budget.

Mission Critical Operations

The college’s data center, like many constructed prior to industry standards, was facing a number of technical deficiencies accentuated by the increased reliance on the functions and applications it supports. Hargis was engaged to assess the existing electrical, fire alarm, fire suppression, and mechanical systems, develop a priority of system upgrades and lead the first phase of upgrades and modifications accordingly.