Construction on track for BBCC Workforce Education building

By Cheryl Schweizer, Columbia Basin Herald

Large building under construction

MOSES LAKE — The new workforce education building on the Big Bend Community College campus could be open for fall 2019 classes, at least for some of the building’s occupants.

Linda Schoonmaker, vice-president of finance and administration, said construction is on schedule despite a blast of late-winter snow and cold. Substantial completion is expected by Sept. 10, Schoonmaker said.

Her office has a pretty good view of the construction site. “It’s very exciting. Every day you look at it, another wall goes up, or something.”

The new facility is located on Bolling Street, across from the existing ATEC building, and with its parking and storage facilities will take up the entire lot.

A lot – but not all – of the exterior framing is completed, with work beginning on the interior in some parts of the building. Some (but not all) of the exterior siding has been installed. Preliminary framing has been installed for some windows. Lydig Construction is the lead contractor.

The 70,000-square-foot facility will house the college’s technical education programs, with the exception of aviation maintenance. The aviation maintenance program will get a new building, but will remain next to the runway at the Grant County International Airport.

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