October 13, 2008

NAC Designs $17 Million Moses Lake Vocation Center

By McLean, Mike

NAC/Architecture Inc., of Spokane, is designing a proposed 617 million vocational center for the Moses Lake School District, in Central Washington, the district says.

Monte Redal, the school district's assistant superintendent of business and operations, says the center, tentatively called the Career Technical Education Facility, is expected to have 63,000 square feet of floor space, although it hasn't been determined how many floors or classrooms it would have.

"The facility will have 10 to 12 vocational programs, and some may have multiple classrooms," he says.

Vocational programs, which will be available to high school juniors and seniors, will include culinary arts, welding, and auto mechanics, he says.

Only the design work by NAC, which is in its early stages, is funded so far by the Washington Legislature, Redal says.

"We're in the hopper," he says. "Typically, when the legislature funds the design work for a project, it follows through with construction funding."

If the Legislature approves the money in its next session, the project would go out to bid in the fall of 2009, and construction would begin in 2010, Redal says.

The facility would be near Moses Lake's city center, about 1.5 miles north of Interstate 90.

"We plan to open the center with 150 students and grow from there," he says. "I hope it will be a skill center that neighboring school districts could take advantage of."

Moses Lake School District serves some 7,000 students, including 1,750 students at Moses Lake High School.

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