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Big Changes to Building 26 to Create Health and Wellness Hub

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2018-05-07T12:59:01+00:00 April 24, 2018|News|
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Big Changes to Building 26 to Create Health and Wellness Hub

  • Photo of Highline College's Building 26

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Building 26 Demolition Day
Monday, May 7, 2018
Highline’s main campus, Building 26

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

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 3-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.

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.


Christina Neville-Neil: (206) 592-3262, cnevilleneil@highline.edu
Melissa Sell: (206) 592-3390, msell@highline.edu

Rendering of Highline College Building 26

Building 26 on Highline College’s main campus will undergo a major renovation, shown in this rendering by McGranahan Architects. See more images of the future Health and Life Science Building, including interior views.

Project Quick Facts

For more information on the project, and to keep tabs on the latest news in the construction process, visit the Building 26 Renovation page.

Total project cost estimate:
$30,368,000 (design and construction)

Project area:
46,068 square feet (renovation and addition)

Method of construction:
Design, bid, build

Project partners:
Architect: McGranahan Architects, Tacoma
General contractor: Pease Construction, Lakewood

Design standards:
The renovation is designed to accomplish the goals set according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. This will be Highline’s first LEED-certified building and a model of sustainability on campus. The college is committed to specifying high-efficiency systems that use less energy, aid with reducing greenhouse gas emissions and create a more sustainable campus.

Building history:
A 3-story concrete masonry structure, Building 26 was designed by architect Robert Billsbrough Price and constructed in 1975 as part of Highline’s third phase of campus construction (1974–78), after the campus opened in 1964. (For its first three academic years — 1961–62, 1962–63 and 1963–64 — the college was housed on a temporary basis at Glacier High School.) Building 26 was originally used for the college’s Dental Technician, Nursing, Business Occupations and Automotive Repair programs.