New manufacturing center for Clover Park Technical Center makes funding priority list

Tacoma News TribuneMay 30, 2014 

A request for design funding from Clover Park Technical College for a new center for advanced manufacturing technologies is No. 4 on a state priority list approved by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

The state board designated the request from the Lakewood college in its 2015-17 capital budget recommendation to the state legislature.

CPTC’s request is for funding approval to design an estimated 62,478-square foot building on its campus. The projected cost to design and build is just over $36 million.

If the project is funded, design work would begin next year. Construction is anticipated to begin July 2017, with building occupancy in January 2019.

The proposed Center for Advanced Manufacturing would replace Building 22, which was constructed in the 1940s as a Navy supply warehouse. 

“This building will give us a chance to respond to community, business and industry needs in the advanced manufacturing fields,” said college President Lonnie L. Howard. “Our hope is that the legislature and governor will support the design of this facility and continue to help Clover Park to develop an employable workforce within Pierce County.”

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