PASCO -- Trustees for Columbia Basin College reviewed a long list of proposed capital projects for the school's Pasco campus at Friday's annual retreat.
Buildings for the social sciences, agriculture science and STEM programs. A campus fitness center. Numerous other improvements to campus grounds and buildings.
The priority projects would cost an estimated $122.7 million to build but would be carried out over a long period of time, with one not being built until as late as 2023.
School officials pointed to the need of the facilities to meet the current educational demands of the community, but also the needs of future careers that aren't known yet.
"How can we design for today but think of tomorrow?" said CBC President Rich Cummins.
Bill Saraceno, vice president for administration, told the Herald that a new building for social sciences and languages is moving forward.
CBC is expecting to receive about $1.2 million from the state in July 2013 to design the 45,000-square-foot facility, with the $15 million needed for construction expected to be provided in mid-2015.
The rest of the priority projects, which have yet to be formally approved, include renovating and replacing the school's performing arts center, construction of a STEM Center and renovating and expanding other campus buildings, such as a wellness center, space for agriculture science and other programs.
Saraceno said the proposals were developed from surveys given to students, staff and faculty about what they liked about campus, but also what they thought the campus lacked or needed to improve.
Cummins said project proposals derive from a variety of needs. The STEM Center would allow the school to further emphasize the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, mainstays of the regional economy.
Likewise, an improved performing arts center would potentially be more energy efficient and have more usable space than the current facility.
"It's a big block of concrete," Cummins said of the arts building, adding it is expensive to cool and heat.
Officials said the buildings would need to meet current needs but also be adaptable to future demands. Cummins said that means building spaces that could integrate new technology in the classroom, such as holographic displays, or meet the needs of careers and fields of study not yet established.
The state is providing less funding to higher education so projects need to get the most bang for the buck. Cummins said that means the college also will look more at public and private partnerships to get the money needed for new facilities.
Trustees are expected to discuss the projects through the fall. Saraceno said trustees commented on some possible changes to the plan during the meeting.
"It won't be substantially different, but it will be different once it is approved this fall," he said.