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Frequently Asked Questions

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Harned Center for Health Careers FAQ Sheet

How is the Health Sciences Facility funded?              

The H.C. Joe Harned Center for Health Careers (Harned Center) is funded through a capital allocation from the state legislature. Medical simulation equipment is funded through a private gift from H.C. “Joe” Harned.

Why is this facility necessary

The demand for trained health care workers has been increasing at a steady rate in Tacoma and the surrounding communities. There is a shortage of trained health care workers, and significant need is projected for the next decade. Our current facilities have outlived their design life and have become cramped, inadequate, and out of date. Every year we turn away students due to lack of space, and insufficient training facilities and equipment. With state-of-the-art equipment and significantly increased teaching and learning space, the Harned Center will allow more students to obtain the training they need to further their careers.

Where is the facility located

The Harned Center is located on the south end of campus, north of the Pamela Transue Center for Science and Engineering. One major entrance faces Mildred Street and another major entrance faces the Campus Commons at the center of campus.

What size is the facility? 

69,715 gross square feet. The Harned Center is approximately the same size as its next door neighbor, the Pamela Transue Center for Science and Engineering.

Will there be a Grand Opening?

A Grand Opening celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 4, 2014.

When will the facility be open for classes?

The Harned Center will be open for the start of Fall Quarter, Sept. 22, 2014.

Which building number will the Facility be allocated?  

Building 13.

Which career training programs will be moved into the building? 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Care, Health Information Technology, Human Services, Nursing, Radiologic Sciences, and Respiratory Therapy.

How many classrooms? 

Lower Level:

  •          Lab space for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  •          Lab space for Emergency Medical Care
  •          Lab space for Radiologic Sciences

First Floor:

  •          4 healthcare classrooms
  •          1 computer lab

Second Floor:

  •          6 healthcare classrooms
  •          1 computer lab
  •          Lab space for Respiratory Therapy

Third Floor:

  •          Lab spaces for Nursing, including a 6 bed Simulation lab
  •          Lab space for Health Information Technology
  •          1 computer lab
  •          Shared Simulation lab for all healthcare related programs


How many computer laboratories? 


How many general purpose laboratories?

Laboratories are discipline-specific and outfitted with the appropriate equipment for that specific discipline. See list above per floor.

How many conference rooms? 

There are 2 formal conference rooms and 2 smaller meeting rooms. 

What is unique about the Facility? 

  •          Constructed to LEED Gold standards; second LEED Gold-rated building on campus. 
  •          Heated and cooled using ground source (geo-thermal) technology. 
  •          Energy efficiency measures include a large atrium space in the middle of the building with abundant natural lighting and highly energy efficient lighting, heating, plumbing, control, and mechanical systems. 
  •          Designed with a 50 year-plus design life. 
  •          Designed with universal access in mind. 
  •          Many “third space” (outside of the classroom) interactive learning spaces for quiet study, reflection, or meeting with 1 or 2 others to study or talk. 
  •          2 rooftop gardens that students and staff can access to interact with others, study, or reflect quietly.


What does the Facility look like? 

See architect’s rendering at top of document. Construction photos posted here.

Anything else?

  •          The Harned Center is a structural steel building with insulated metal panels and glass cladding. 
  •          2 ends of the building support multi-story office space clad in split-face Concrete Masonry Units, commonly known as CMU block. 
  •          The building was designed into the hillside to better accommodate those with mobility challenges.
  •          People who use the parking lots below the upper plateau of the campus will be able to enter the building on the lower level cut into the hillside (on the same elevation as the parking lots), and take an elevator up to the level of the first floor, which is the level of the upper campus plateau.
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