Big Expectations Under Construction
When Heritage broke ground on the construction of three new buildings to replace Petrie Hall, it did so with an ambitious plan to have them all erected and ready in time for next fall’s school opening. A few months into the project, the university is on track to meet this goal.
“Our students deserve a rich, vital campus with state-of-the-art facilities that support their academic experience,” said Rick Gagnier, special assistant to the HU president on capital projects. “Our goal is to minimize the impact that such a large construction project can have on a campus of this size while getting students into these new facilities as quickly as possible.”
The university broke ground on construction October 18 with a ceremony that brought together representatives from the board of directors, faculty, staff, students and alumni and those involved in the construction, including architect Kirsten Murray, partner and principal at Olson Kundig Architects, and general contractor Kyle Clark with Chervenell Construction, the company managing the project. Yakama tribal leaders JoDe Goudy and General Council Chairwoman Joanna Meninick as well as Dr. Kathleen Ross, snjm, blessed the ground.
Within days of the ceremony, work began to prepare the building sites and demolish several portable buildings. One of the new buildings will be where Petrie once stood and is to contain classrooms, computer labs and an art studio; another will be at the center of campus and will house the cafeteria, dining room and bookstore; and a third to be built on the southwest quadrant of campus will be dedicated to information technology. Four of the temporary portable buildings on the west side of campus, which have been in use since the 1990s, were removed as part of the overall campus plan.
“To say it’s been a flurry of activity is a bit of an understatement,” said Gagnier. “It’s pretty exciting to see the progress being made so quickly.”