BBCC Workforce Education Building Takes Shape

Faculty of BBCC shoveling dirt
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MOSES LAKE — Walls are starting to go up on the new workforce education center at Big Bend Community College. The project is on schedule and might even be ahead of schedule, said Linda Schoonmaker, BBCC vice-president for finance and administration.

Construction began in June on the 70,000-square-foot building, which will house the college’s technical education programs with the exception of aviation maintenance. Workshops for the automotive, welding, fabrication, maintenance mechanics and industrial systems technology programs will be located on the building’s first floor, along with four classrooms. The aviation mechanics program will have a new building next to its current location at the Grant County International Airport.

“There are some great walls standing up outside,” said trustee Stephen McFadden.

“And some structural steel. It looks really great,” Schoonmaker said.

The project, she said, is going well so far. “We are still on schedule and they mentioned ‘the E-word’ at our construction meeting on Tuesday, but we didn’t say it out loud,” Schoonmaker said.

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