BREMERTON — Olympic College’s construction of the new College Instruction Center is progressing on time and on budget, according to communications director Shawn Devine.
“Crews are making great progress, which is a very nice accomplishment,” Devine said, “especially when you consider that we’ve had one of the wettest winters on record, at least in recent memory, so they’re making great progress and looking forward to clearer skies as we move into spring.”
Crews from Korsmo Construction have so far installed more than 300 concrete piles, which will support the 70,000-square-foot building. The building will be the new home of the art, music, theater, physical therapy and some nursing programs, as well as some simulation labs for nursing and high-tech, active-learning classrooms on the Bremerton OC campus. The total projected budget is $46.5 million; it is the largest-funded project in state community and technical college history. It will also include a 276-seat theater to provide a venue for campus and community events like the Olympic Jazz Festival and youth symphony programs.
“The majority of the work has been at ground level so far,” Devine said.
Upcoming milestones, Devine said, include pouring the concrete slab for the new 270-seat theater on April 29; pouring the concrete slab for the first floor, May 20; starting the concrete masonry unit on the theater walls on May 24; and beginning to erect structural steel on Aug. 11.
A higher volume of traffic entering the work site is expected over spring break, March 19 to April 3. To learn more about the progress of the construction or the plans for the College Instruction Center, visit www.olympic.edu/about-olympic-college/communications-web-services/college-instruction-center.