Building 26 renovations delayed

By Mitchell Roland and Nayyab Rai - Staff Reporters

Originally scheduled to open this fall, the opening of Building 26 has been delayed until Winter Quarter of next year.

Building 26 is current- ly undergoing a $30 million renovation. Once renovated, the building will host biology classes and labs, along with

over 40 faculty offices.
The delay can be credited to

some unforeseen circumstanc- es, Capital and Facilities Proj- ect Manager Christina Nev- ille-Neil said.

"As with any construction project, there are many mov- ing part and different fac- tors," Neville-Neil said. "Es- pecially since this is an older building, there are all sorts of things that can pop out of no- where."

Vice President for adminis- tration Michael Pham said that there were a number of reasons for the delay.

"There are several factors that contributed to the delays of this project, including door hardware changes, materials procurement, design and code changes, and a few unforeseen building conditions," he said.

While there have been some thefts on the property, it was not major enough to cause de-

lays, Neville-Neil said.
"There have been a few

thefts, and Public Safety and the construction team has im- plemented measures to ensure that it will not happen again," she said.

Pham said that Highline is still working on a path forward on the construction.

"The college is still work- ing with the general contrac tor to determine critical proj- ect schedule going forward," he said.

The budget for the project is $30 million, and Neville-Neil said that as of now, the project is still on that budget.

"We were given $30 million as our budget - $20 million for construction and $10 million for design, equipment, and labor," Neville-Neil said. "So far, we have been on budget."

But Pham said that it is un- clear if Highline will have to pay any additional money for the delays.

"We are still working with the general contractor to de- termine any additional costs due to this delay," Pham said.

The $30 million budget will also go towards the dem- olition of two buildings on campus, Neville-Neil said.

"That money will also go into the demo of Buildings 5 and 11," she said. "Those two will be landscaped and facul- ty that have offices in those buildings will be moved."

Buildings 5 and 11 are of- fice buildings for faculty on campus. Some faculty that are located in those buildings will be relocated to Building 26.

"The newly renovated Building 26 will have about 40 offices for faculty to move into," Neville-Neil said.

In the new plan, staff will be moving into the new of- fice during the break between Fall Quarter 2019 and Winter Quarter 2020.

But this delay has not im- pacted any classes or projects for the science classes, said Highline Life and Science Professor Woody Moses.

"Building 26 will only have the biology classes and labs, so there is nothing really de- layed," Moses said. "Howev- er, the lab supervisors will most likely be extremely busy during winter break in order to have everything ready by the time Winter Quarter be- gins."

Under the old timeline, the renovations would have been complete over the summer with staff moving in during summer break and classes beginning Fall Quarter. But Michael Pham said that with the delay, the plan has been pushed back a quarter.

"As the result of this delay, Building 26 will not be open for classes until Winter Quar- ter 2020," he said.

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