Northwest NEWS

August 6, 2001

School

LWTC receives funding for expansion

Lake Washngton Technical College received an allocation of $22.7 million from the Washington state legislature for the construction of new facilities; $15.8 million was allocated for a new high-tech center on the college's main Kirkland Campus, and $6.9 million was allocated for the Redmond Campus site.
   The new 61,000 square foot facility on the Main (Kirkland) Campus will showcase a 20,000 square foot, two-story comprehensive learning resource and technology center (library) with floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking the adjacent wooded greenbelt.
   It will have a "collaboratory," a leading-edge technical environment for group computing designed to teach students rapid response techniques for business and technical problem solving.
   It will also house a visualization lab/digital design studio for simulation, virtual-reality exploration, and the latest in gaming and business application development.
   The high-technology center design includes a student gathering area/plaza near its entrance.
   Artist John Hoge has been commissioned to design a sculpture garden in this student plaza.
   His sculpture vision includes a dynamic, post-tension, granite, tapering obelisk, and an elliptical stone sculpture that is part of a water feature.
   Groundbreaking for construction is expected in November 2001.