Past Updates

May 2017

Construction Management and General Contractor services proposals are now in for remodeling the Industrial A and Industrial C buildings, which formerly housed the Automotive and Heavy Equipment programs. The Mechatronics program will move into the renovated IA space, and the Welding program will occupy the east side of IA and IC. Work is to take place over summer and fall term.

April 2017

Industrial building summer renovation is on track. Construction services are out for bid.

March 2017

Non-destructive Test and Evaluation Program equipment is installed. Grand Opening is TBA.

December 2016

Takena Hall seismic retrofit is complete.

Industrial A renovation for the new Non-destructive Test and Evaluation Program is complete, and classes are being held in the renovated space. Equipment purchases should be complete by the end of December, with installation to follow.

Industrial C renovation is on hold until summer. Welding and fabrication classes are currently using a portion of the space, which previously housed the Heavy Equipment Diesel program.

October 2016

Takena Hall seismic retrofit is nearing completion. Construction crews found several weak areas in the building during the retrofit, and as a result additional work will be done to finish making the building structurally sound.

Industrial A renovation to house the new Non-destructive Test and Evaluation Program will be complete in November.

Industrial C renovation is in the design phase. The college is currently working on the electrical system in the building.

August 2016

Seismic retrofit for Takena Hall and renovation of the first floor Industrial A shop areas are on schedule for completion by start of fall term 2016. Additional work in IA may need to be done after the term starts, which will take place after hours.

June 2016

Summer construction on the Albany campus begins June 13 and includes Takena Hall seismic retrofitting and first floor Industrial A building renovation work in the shop areas. Projects are scheduled for completion before the start of fall term 2016. All work is paid for by bond funds and a state seismic grant. Gerding Builders LLC of Corvallis has been approved by the Board of Education for the Albany campus projects. Move schedule:

Takena Hall
• Takena Hall will undergo a seismic retrofit, with the existing structure being "tied together.” Large part of the work being conducted on the roof and inside the ceilings.
• Front entrance of Takena (south side) will be closed for summer. Entrance to Takena will be limited to the courtyard side, north side of building.
• Long-term moves (all summer) include: Counseling & Career Center move June 8 to the Diversity Achievement Center, 2nd floor Forum 220; Albany Community Education move June 10, to the Student Leadership Office, first floor Forum 120; and Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) move June 13 to McKenzie Hall 210. No personal counseling services will be available during the summer, but faculty will be available for limited academic advising and career counseling only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
• Short-term moves include: Admissions & Registration, Financial Aid and High School Partnership going to “Cubicle City” in White Oak Hall 203 (dates for each move will be announced).
• Courtyard Cafe' short-term move is likely (to be announced)
• Russell Tripp Theater - closed for the summer.

Industrial A:
• First-floor shop area of the IA building will be vacated, with renovation beginning June 13.
• Renovation will include 15 new welding stations and a non-destructive testing area for the new Non-Destructive Test and Evaluation program staring fall term.
• Summer classes will be relocated as needed.
• Expect intermittent power outages in IA throughout the summer.

April 2016

Takena Hall is scheduled for seismic upgrades over the summer. Improvements to the ground floor IA building for the Welding and Non-Destructive Test and Evaluation programs also are scheduled for work during the summer.

The college is holding off on the remainder of the Albany Campus improvements in order to obtain additional funding from the State.

February 2016

A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday, Feb. 19 for the new Culinary Arts teaching classroom, which includes a full-scale demonstration kitchen with a 32-seat capacity.

The college is working through design, and is completing information collection for the Industrial area projects on the Albany campus. Takena Hall and Red Cedar Hall information collection is nearing completion.

Culinary Ribbon Cutting

Photo, left to right: Foundation donors Joann and Wayne Chambers, President Greg Hamann and Faculty and Chef Todd Ketterman cut the ribbon to dedicate the new classroom.

January 2016

The Culinary Arts classroom project is complete. First class was held using the new demonstration kitchen Jan. 21. The classroom is a remodel of an existing classroom, and pushed out 10 feet into the atrium area. It includes a full-scale demonstration kitchen, 32-seat capacity, and three 60-inch flat screen monitors hang from ceiling, gas burner, grill, deep fryer, refrigeration and butcher block.

The college is working through design, and is completing information collection for the Industrial area projects.
Takena Hall and Red Cedar Hall information collection is nearing completion.

December 2015

The college is mid-way through progressive design, and is completing information collection for the Industrial area projects. Takena Hall and Red Cedar Hall information collection is nearing completion.

The Culinary Arts classroom project is underway. Scheduled completion date is mid-January.

November 2015

Seismic upgrade of Takena Hall will begin during summer break 2016. Applications are being prepared to request additional seismic funding from the state for upgrades to the Calapooia Center and Willamette Hall, coming from the State of Oregon budgeted fund for seismic upgrades to public education buildings.

October 2015

Culinary Arts Project: Part of the Albany campus project includes renovation of the Culinary Arts program classroom. The new classroom will include a demonstration kitchen for teaching food preparation and cooking techniques.

Construction will be done over winter break in December, to be ready for winter term classes in January. The project will add extra space to the exiting classroom space, extending into the 2nd floor atrium.

Estimated cost: $250,000
Perkins grant: $62k for equipment; Private donation: $58k

Takena Hall: Seismic upgrades are scheduled to start summer 2016.

July 2015

Design meetings have begun with PIVOT Architecture for this project. Programmatic design is underway.

May 2015

The programmatic design phase is set to start by the end of May. The four phases of design include programmatic, schematic, design development, and construction drawing.

March 2015

This project is on hold until the Health Occupations Center project is finished. As health occupations programs move to their new location in Lebanon, it will free-up space for the Albany Campus Re-do project to begin.