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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 Harned Center for Health Careers (HCHC) 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 Our current facilities have outlived their design life and have become cramped, inadequate, and out of date.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. The HCHC will have state-of-the-art equipment and significantly increased teaching and learning space. This will allow more students to obtain the training they need to further their careers.

Where will the Facility be located

The HCHC will be located on the south end of campus, north of the Pamela Transue Center for Science and Engineering. One major entrance will face Mildred Street and another major entrance will face the heart of the campus’s central plaza.

What size will the Facility be? 

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

When will the Facility begin construction? 

The early site work for the building began on July 9, 2012. The work currently underway includes the infrastructure for water, sewer, storm water management, fire protection, power, data/communications, and the ground source heating and cooling wells -- all 150 of them. Construction of the building itself should begin toward the end of October or in early November.

When will it be completed? 

There are many factors that impact the completion date on a construction project of this magnitude -- weather, the labor market, material acquisition, and many others -- but our consultants say it is an 18 - 20 month construction project.

Which building number will the Facility be allocated?  

The HCHC will be Building 13.

Which career training programs will be moved into the building? 

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

How many classrooms? 

Lower Level:

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

First Floor:

  • 4 general classrooms
  • 1 computer lab

Second Floor:

  • 6 general classrooms
  • 1 computer lab
  • Instructional space for Respiratory Therapy

Third Floor:

  • Large instructional spaces for Nursing
  • Instructional space for Health Information Management
  • 1 computer lab
  • 1 general classroom

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 4 formal conference rooms. There is an additional library/meeting space on the second floor.

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 one or two others to study or dialogue. 
  • 2 rooftop gardens that students and staff can access to interact with others, study, or reflect quietly.

What will the Facility look like? 

See attached illustration.

Anything else?

  • The HCHC will be a structural steel building with insulated metal panels and glass cladding. 
  • 2 ends of the building will 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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