State Board for Community and Technical Colleges District 28 – Bates Technical College 2009- 11 Capital Program Narrative Mission and Plan Bates Technical College has been in the business of training people for careers for more than 60 years. Vocational, technical, and career training have been the College‘s primary focus since its beginning prior to the Second World War. Through the years, the school name and activities have changed as governing bodies and the needs of business and industries have changed, but the primary mission of Bates has remained virtually the same: committed to the education and advancement of people in career, academic, and life skills while meeting the changing needs of individuals, families, organizations, and the community. In September 1991, focusing on State workforce and training issues, the legislature moved Bates to the State Community and Technical College system. Bates has more than 13,000 students registering for all programs and classes per year. The access and services provided to students can be quantified in terms of full time equivalent students (FTEs). During the 2007-2008 school year, the College will serve over 5,200 FTEs. The College‘s varieties of educational offerings run from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with many continuing education offerings on Saturdays. The total number of permanent staff employed at Bates was 346; the total number of temporary staff employed was 449, bringing the total number of employees that worked in the college this past year to 795. Bates is one of only two technical colleges in the nation offering a full-time communication technology program where students learn their skills during actual on-air operation of a broadcast station. Bates‘ PBS television station, KBTC-TV, serves the nation‘s 13th largest viewing audience, with coverage ranging from Everett to Centralia. Bates Facility Master Plan currently incorporates an additional 47,099 square foot building added to the 19th Street Communications Technology Campus by 2013. The Master Plan also addresses additional planning for college wide growth and better space utilization allowing for expansion within existing programs. This is a broad-based plan that prepares Bates for the 21st century and includes: A 47,099 gross square foot facility addition at the 19th Street Communications Technology Campus included in the 2009-11 capital budget request for design funding. This expansion will provide space for the Audio/Sound Technology, Broadcast Production Technologies, Broadcast Technologist, the Electronic Equipment Service Technology, and the new BioMedical Equipment Service Technology components of the Communications Technology Program Cluster. Renovation of 33,455 gross square feet of the West Wing of the Main Building at the Downtown Campus. This renovation will provide additional space for the Cosmetology & Spa, Hair Stylist, and the Culinary Arts career training programs and also to provide space for Student Services support functions such as testing and assessment.
SBCTC District 28 – Bates Technical College Page 2 of 4 The master plan also includes relocating the Cabinet/Millwork program from the West Wing of the Downtown Campus to the South Campus. Provide Student Services administrative and advising offices at South Campus. This remodel project would also include adding space for Technical High School offices, Continuing Education and apprenticeship, orientation and conference/presentation room, Opportunity Grant office and Campus Public Safety. Implement the Facilities Signage Master Plan to address critical deficiencies in way finding, accessibility, building and room identification, and college visibility. Plant and Operations Bates operates three major campuses. The third campus was purchased in 2000. This site (Communications Technology Campus) currently houses all of KBTC television operations and programming. The facility also houses half of the Communications Technology programs with future plans to locate the remainder of the programs here as well. Bates also owns and operates a transmitter site, and leases many satellite sites for the Home and Family Life department throughout Pierce County. The Downtown Campus occupies an area of about 6.7 acres of land and is in downtown Tacoma. The South Campus is in south Tacoma and occupies an area of 30.43 acres of land. The Mohler Campus occupies an area of about 5.5 acres of land on 19th street in Tacoma. The transmitter site occupies an area of about 5.3 acres of land. The Downtown Campus is comprised of three buildings that form a U-shaped structure, identified as the Main building. The three buildings, referred to as wings, are the East Wing (74,256 square feet), the North Wing (63,180 square feet), and the West Wing (38,233 square feet). In addition, there are two rectangular-shaped annex buildings, the East Annex (101,620 square feet) and the West Annex (64,859 square feet). A sky bridge, completed during the East Wing building renovation in 2000, connects the Main building East Wing with the East Annex by crossing over 12th street. The total square footage of all the buildings for the Downtown Campus is 342,148 square feet. The South Campus buildings are: Building ‗A‘ (31,356 square feet), ‗B‘ (72,940 square feet) ‗C‘ (41,760 square feet), ‗D‘ (47,040 square feet) and ‗E‘ (44,130 square feet). The total square footage of all five buildings is 237,226 square feet. In 1997, four modular buildings were constructed at South Campus, to house the Home and Family Life program, which the College previously housed in a leased facility. In 1998, two additional modular buildings were added to help alleviate over crowdedness of program space at South Campus. In 2004 one additional modular building was added, from a grant acquired by instruction, for additional Fire Service Training classroom use. The total square footage of the seven modular buildings is 11,816 square feet. The gross building square footage at South campus totals 249,042 for all buildings. The only building on the Communications Technology Campus is a two-story structure with a partial basement. This building, previously occupied by KSTW television, was immediately usable by KBTC television, the College‘s Public Broadcasting Station. Renovation to the structure modified previous studio space to allow the college to provide space allocations for instructional offerings. The total square footage of this building is 46,000 square feet.
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Bates Technical College also owns and operates a transmitter and tower located in northwest Tacoma. The original building, housing $1.2 million of transmitter equipment, being extremely old and deteriorated, was replaced with a newer 4,000 square foot building. Condition of Facilities Bates‘ oldest building was built in 1945 and is at the downtown Tacoma campus. The building consists of a double floor one-story structure (18,868 square feet). In 1949, the North and West Wings were added to form a U-shaped building with a courtyard in the middle. The West and East Annex buildings were built in 1958 and 1964 respectively. In 1970, a freestanding two-story building (37,736 square feet) was built over the original 1945 structure. The building is called the East Wing, which was again renovated in 2000. The renovation converted all of the space usage and added a mezzanine level (17,652 sq. ft.) bringing the square footage of this wing to 74,256 sq. ft. The current Facility Condition Survey (FCS) shows that all of Bates‘ buildings, aged 20 to 54 years old, are structurally sound. In general the facilities at Bates are in average to good condition for their use and age. The deficiencies at the Downtown Campus include deteriorated rooftop parking concrete surface deterioration, locksets and panic bars wearing out from age and abuse that are no longer cost-effective to repair and deteriorating sink faucets. At the South Campus, deficiencies include failed UPS systems, locksets and panic bars wearing out from age and abuse that are no longer cost-effective to repair, deteriorated exhaust systems, deteriorated dust collector and deteriorated HVAC units. At the Communications Technology Campus, deficiencies include deteriorated HVAC equipment and domestic water pressure problems. Facility Maintenance and Backlog Reduction The College has transferred all of the work order and preventive maintenance database information from FM1 to MegaMation. Work orders are being tracked and logged to account for labor hours and work backlog. With this information now current, the college is better positioned to prioritize work and complete projects. Work that in not completed will be justified as legitimate backlog based on current staffing levels and prioritization of work. Local Demands The impact of the transition to the Community and Technical College system initiated on September 1, 1991 created the need for additional administrative space. Administrative activities previously handled by Tacoma School District #10 shifted to in-house responsibility. Workforce training legislation also requires new educational programs—and subsequent facilities—to support the retraining of persons on unemployment rolls. Additional classrooms and laboratories are needed to house present and future expansion of training programs as demanded by student load, business and industry, and accreditation requirements. Academic offerings need to satisfy the increasing demand for degree seeking students. The College needs expanded access to library resources through electronic means for students at remote locations or attending classes during non-business hours for library services. In addition, a restructuring of the administrative office areas is needed to better serve the students at South Campus.
SBCTC District 28 – Bates Technical College Page 4 of 4 Bates‘ Downtown Campus is challenged by its existing urban setting in downtown Tacoma with its inner city problems such as traffic, inadequate parking, Washington State Accessibility requirements and crime prevention. The sky bridge joining the Main Building East Wing and the East Annex was constructed to provide safe and secure staff, student and visitor movement. With the College taking ownership of the street between the buildings, access and traffic has been limited thereby improving safety. However, the new challenge is for the future development of the grounds and property for use. Parking at the Downtown Campus will also continue to be a challenge. New crime prevention technology is being considered by Bates to avert crime and enhance the capabilities of the security department. Major Capital Challenges The past several years have seen significant changes in the economic growth and demographics of the Seattle-Tacoma area. Simultaneously, Bates has seen changes that are unparalleled in its 65-year history. The demand for career education at Bates has grown, and the continued growth of the college reflects the dedication of its staff to offer consistent, high quality education that meets student goals and fulfills employer needs. Over the next ten years, the functional requirements of Bates will be subject to substantial change. The College‘s Facilities Master Plan was developed to address many foreseeable issues that will be faced due to accreditation requirements, accessibility accommodation, site and building function, and signage to accomplish milestones supporting the strategic plan of the College. Over time as the College responds to the needs of the community and industries, training will reflect the needs and demands of those we serve. Program shifts will occur frequently as workforce needs change. Partnerships with industries will be sought to provide in-kind donations for new training at Bates or by Bates. Some local funds can also be used to augment capital facilities legislative support. All existing facilities at Bates are operating at or near full capacity. Future demands on programs will demand additional program space. Bates‘ Downtown Campus is landlocked, making it difficult for future expansion of the college at this site. The focus and potential expansion for the college will be at South Campus and the 19th Street Communications Technology Campus. Any additional growth and expansion would require acquisition of additional property. 2009-11 Capital Request Summary
10-1-082 10-1-122 10-1-782 10-1-822 10-2-162 10-2-324 08-2-703
Project Description Facility Repairs ―A‖ Site Repairs ―A‖ Facility Repairs ―B‖ Site Repairs ―B‖ Minor Improvements West Wing Renovation Mohler Communications Technology Center
2009-11 $ 964,600 $ 964,600 $1,513,126 $ 964,600 $ 635,400 $1,407,000 $1,755,000