The community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of Pierce College Puyallup’s breathtaking new addition, the Arts and Allied Health Building, at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1.
The 61,600-square-foot Arts and Allied Health Building includes a theater, recital hall, music library, recording studio and practice rooms, art studios, and an expansive lobby with large windows, ample natural light, and high ceilings. It is also the new home of Pierce Puyallup’s nursing program and features a fully-equipped nursing skills lab, lifelike (but synthetic and computerized) patients, and medication and observations rooms to provide real-life hospital experiences and state-of-the-art technology.
“The opening of this beautifully-designed building realizes a whole new set of possibilities for Pierce College Puyallup as both a great educational resource and a cultural destination for east Pierce County,” said Patrick Schmitt, the president of Pierce College Puyallup.
The Pierce College Foundation is currently two-thirds of the way toward its goal of raising $1.5 million to equip the new building with high-tech equipment, such as nursing simulation equipment and digital recording equipment.
“The grand opening offers a great way to honor our donors who recognize the importance of providing students with high-tech, hands-on learning equipment,” said Suzy Ames, vice president of advancement and executive director of the Pierce College Foundation.
Cost of the new building is about $18.7 million. Classes began in the new building on Sept. 22.
Following the formal program, there will be building tours and refreshments. In addition, artist Koryn Rolstad, creator of “Reflection in Motion,” the new public art featured in the building, will be on-hand to answer questions and discuss the piece.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Parking will be in the college’s northwest parking lot. Signs will be posted the day of the event to direct visitors.