State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
District 1 - Peninsula College
2009-2011 Capital Program Narrative
Mission and Plan
Peninsula College provides educational opportunities in the areas of academic transfer,
professional/technical, basic skills, and continuing education. The College also contributes
to the cultural and economic enrichment of Clallam and Jefferson Counties.
-Statement of Mission, Peninsula College Board of Trustees, February 14, 2006
To accomplish its mission, Peninsula College is committed to the following educational
Liberal Arts instruction for college transfer and personal growth.
Professional Technical instruction for entry or re-entry into the workforce, enhancement
of current skills of college transfer.
Basic and Developmental education for occupational and personal goals.
Continuing education and community service instruction in response to community needs
Baccalaureate education on the North Olympic Peninsula by participating in the
community college baccalaureate pilot program and through partnerships with other
colleges and universities.
Peninsula College’s Strategic Goals form the core of the college’s Strategic Plan, which
articulates the college’s mission to ensure the connection between resource allocation and
strategic initiatives. We do so:
To provide educational opportunity in all facets of the college mission-- academic
transfer, professional/technical, basic skills and continuing education.
To maximize student access to higher education by expanding educational opportunities
for the diverse populations of Clallam and Jefferson counties.
To provide a college environment that places teaching and learning at the center of
institutional practice, ensures quality services to students, and demonstrates sound and
planful stewardship of public resources.
To promote cultural and cross-cultural development by providing culturally rich and
In support of the mission, instructional goals, and institutional goals, the college has
established basic facility goals to be pursued as future physical development occurs. These
goals address both short and long term needs:
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Ensure the adequacy of facilities, fixtures and furnishings at all campus sites.
Provide an accessible, safe teaching and working environment.
Provide the most economical and efficient plan for maintaining facilities and grounds.
Ensure that current Space Utilization Studies and long-term facilities master planning
tools are in place to guide new construction, remodeling or the renting of additional
Peninsula College (PC) is a well-established institution of higher education with a strong
tradition of excellence. Staff, faculty and administration are committed to providing quality
education. The college is located at the center of a geographically large district. The
demographically diverse population is dispersed over a 150-mile span. The district is also
economically depressed, as a collective result of the closure of mills, a significant downturn in
the logging industry, and the near disappearance of fishing; all of which were major sources of
employment on the Olympic Peninsula.
Plant and Operations
The physical plant at Peninsula College’s main campus consists of 21 buildings with a total gross
square footage of 214,092. Located in Port Angeles, the campus is 75 acres of beauty with the
Olympic Mountains on the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north. The service
district, Community College District Number One, includes Clallam and Jefferson Counties.
The district encompasses over 3,600 square miles of land with ten public school districts and
nine high schools. Besides the main campus in Port Angeles, there are extension sites in Port
Townsend and Forks. The site in Port Townsend (10,366 square feet) is leased and the site in
Forks (8,000 square feet) is owned, but both sites only provide for the barest essentials in
technology and space. Classes are also offered in Sequim, Clallam Bay Correctional Center and
in different tribal centers throughout the district.
Peninsula College served over 10,000 students in 2006-07 and 3,000 total FTE’s. Peninsula
College had 584 faculty and staff employed during the 2007-2008 academic year.
A centralized student services building was completed and opened in February 2004. This
building is approximately 14,000 square feet and houses counseling, enrollment services,
financial aid, career services, a tutorial center, and a testing center, international programs, and a
learning center. It was the first significant building project for the campus since the 1960s.
A new science and technology building was completed and opened in June 2007; a cultural
center built in partnership with local Native American tribes opened in October 2007 and a new
library is scheduled to open in Fall, 2008.
Condition of Facilities
Peninsula College buildings, constructed in the 1960’s, were not designed for today’s
technology. Energy efficiency, for example, was not of major concern at that time. Most of the
buildings have single-pane glass, vaulted ceilings, doors that open to the exterior, and antiquated
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heating and ventilation systems, that do not meet existing needs. Plumbing and electrical
systems are failing and fast approaching the end of their useful life.
The buildings are aesthetically pleasing and integrated with the campus, but the earthquake in
February of 2001 demonstrated structural weaknesses. A seismic study completed in 2005
confirmed the extent of structural problems across campus, with nearly all buildings having un-
reinforced masonry walls. The worst of these are Maier Hall and the gymnasium. These old
buildings require continuous and increasingly cost prohibitive maintenance that does not extend
useful life or value.
The classrooms are undersized and inadequate for today’s programs. The capital analysis model
shows a deficiency in space for Basic Skills, Art, Music and Drama.
Local Demands and Demands of Student Enrollment
The college is extending the computer infrastructure between buildings, but it cannot be
extended throughout the buildings due to minute spaces incapable of absorbing additional wiring
systems. Small inflexible spaces need to be replaced with facilities that can adequately support
arts and humanities and allied health programs as well as provide for modern flexible
instructional space at the Port Townsend site. These facilities also need direct links to
telecommunication systems that will further enhance industry specific training opportunities.
In the 1960’s, accessibility issues were not a major consideration as evidenced by a hillside
campus with sloped and meandering pathways. The college must now consider universal access
a mandate for all new construction and unfortunately, universal access cannot be achieved by
simply remodeling existing spaces. Replacement of many of these facilities is required in order
to meet today’s standards.
Major Capital Challenges
The major challenge that Peninsula College faces will be to meet the increased costs of
sustaining the useful life of antiquated buildings. While in some cases the existing facilities can
meet the needs for which they were originally designed, they cannot be changed to accommodate
larger classes or advanced technology. Accessibility issues are a problem and have to be
included as a part of other projects.
Peninsula College is requesting construction funds for a replacement project that will house art,
music, business and general classrooms. The new structure will replace four undersized, worn
out facilities with a modern, state-of-the-art classroom facility. PC is also requesting matching
funds to renovate Building 202 at Fort Worden, the college’s Port Townsend extension site. This
renovation project will significantly increase program access through the provision of accessible
instructional space, an appropriate educational technology infrastructure, expanded student
support services for the improvement of student retention and success, and it will allow PC to
offer new academic programs that respond to community demands – a proposition that is not
feasible with the current Port Townsend site.
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Peninsula College (PC) is requesting funding for the replacement of antiquated structures
housing the campus Allied Health programs and the childcare program. PC’s Strategic Plan and
Facility Master Plan specifically address the need for this project in order to meet an institutional
goal of bringing all of the college’s Allied Health and Early Childhood Development programs
to the campus. This move provides for increased efficiency and student access by consolidating
facilities in one location on the college campus and by providing cotemporary and flexible
instructional facilities to meet program needs.
There are several additional projects outlined in the Peninsula College Facility Master Plan. The
college’s gymnasium was built in 1966 and is in need of renovation and expansion or
replacement. It has structural problems which need to be studied further this biennium to
determine the best approach. In addition, our data center and maintenance building are housed in
1960’s buildings which are inadequate for today’s operations.
2009-11 Capital Request Summary
Project No. Project Description 2009-11 2011-13 2013-15
10-1-050 Facility Repairs “A” $ 506,400
10-1-750 Facility Repairs “B” $ 460,810
10-2-130 Minor Improvements – Site $ 418,300
08-1-218 Replacement – Business & Humanities $ 35,396,496
10-1-233 Replacement – Allied Health & Early $ 250,000
Childhood Development (pre-design)
10-2-421 Matching – Fort Worden Building 202 $ 2,000,000