Watch where you step at EdCC

  • Sarah Koenig<br>Enterprise writer
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:36am

Visitors to Edmonds Community College may have wondered about the growing hole in the ground at the south end of campus.

It’s the groundwork for Mukilteo Hall, a new 45,000 square foot building to open by winter 2008.

The building, near the college’s Center for Families and Lynnwood Hall, will house the Basic Skills departments, including Developmental Education and English as a Second Language programs.

“(Developmental education is) precollege level classes for people who need to improve skills before they can take college classes, maybe working on a GED. (They) might be taking math or reading or English classes to prep for classes or just improve their skills,” said Michele Graves, public information officer for the college.

Currently, those classes are held in portables, she said.

“They don’t have a permanent home on campus,” Graves said. “We are really going to be happy to have them move into the new location.”

Mukilteo Hall is estimated to cost about $14.5 million to build.

In addition to classrooms, it will contain computer labs, a math lab, faculty offices and 10,000 square-foot theater.

Construction began in late June, with heavy equipment digging into what had been a parking lot.

“What they’ve done is removed some of the trees and created the footprint for the building,” Graves said.

The college has other building plans, but they’re farther in the future and funding hasn’t been found yet, Graves said.

Those projects include:

• A renovation of Brier Hall – $5.1 million to remodel 18,700 square feet and add science classrooms and labs on the second floor. The remodel will address heating and air conditioning system problems, replace the roof and repair and fix structural problems brought on by age. The Culinary Arts area on the first floor will be upgraded.

• A renovation of Meadowdale Hall, built in 1976. Design development work and relocation planning will begin in July 2007. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2008 with completion in October 2009.

As for building to take place after 2009, college officials would also like to increase their science and engineering offerings with the construction of a new building over 50,000 square feet in size. In conjunction with this project, a 700-car parking garage to ease the school’s parking crunch could be built.

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