New TCC health careers building dedication is Thursday

The public can get a look at Tacoma Community College’s new H.C. Joe Harned Center for Health Careers Thursday. The building will be dedicated in a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. Guided tours will follow.

The $39 million building, under construction for two years, will be open for fall classes. The 69,7000-square-foot center will provide learning space and labs for study in nursing, respiratory therapy, sonography and other health care fields. The building is named for retired local real estate developer Harned, who donated money for equipment in the building that simulates medical conditions in the human body.

The center will also function as a portal linking Mildred Street and the heart of campus, providing access for people with mobility challenges. It’s the second building on TCC’s campus that was designed to meet LEED Gold sustainability standards, and it runs on geothermal and supplemental electrical power.

The building is located at the southwest end of campus, between the Student Center and the Transue Center for Science and Engineering. Construction of the Harned Center will largely complete the campus central quad.