Health and Sciences Building
Lower Columbia College
Longview, WA

Completed: August 2014

Size: 70,000 SF

Final Cost: $23 million


Lower Columbia College (LCC) has one of the highest enrollment rates in Washington’s community college system, and two of its top five areas of study are its Registered Nurse and Medical Assisting programs. With existing science labs dating back to the 1960s, the college was in dire need of modernized health and science education facilities to meet demand. LCC received hard-won funding to build a new Health and Science Building. The resulting 70,000 SF, 3-story facility houses all LCC’s health and science programs together in a sustainable and contemporary facility, finally providing students with classrooms and labs effective for the 21st century.

Wood Harbinger provided mechanical and electrical engineering design for the new building, which features ample daylighting, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, a direct digital control (DDC) system capable of continuously monitoring energy consumption, and energy producing photovoltaic solar panels and Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). The building includes spaces for nursing and allied health programs with a nursing lab, medical assisting lab, cadaver lab, and a patient simulation lab. It also includes labs for the College’s Earth Science department and Environmental/Ecological Science department as well as the Chemistry, Biology, and Physics programs. Rounding out the facility are a 140-seat lecture hall, an 80-seat tiered classroom, a community resources center, and spaces for eating, socializing, and studying.

Our contributions support LCC’s commitment to sustainable practices and the project’s successful LEED Gold certification achievement, and helped provide state-of-the-art learning spaces for students in the growing healthcare field as well as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions.