Heritage University breaks ground for new construction

Turning the ceremonial first shovel of soil for the latest expansion at Toppenish’s Heritage University are from left Jim Friesz of Olson Kundig Architects, Brandon Mayfield of Chervenell Construction; Heritage University Board members Pat Oshie and Thomas Mears, Sister Kathleen Hilton, Yakama Nation General Council Chairman Davis Washines, Heritage University President Dr. John Bassett and Heritage University Student Government Association President Javier Morin, Jr.

David Mance/special to Daily Sun News
Turning the ceremonial first shovel of soil for the latest expansion at Toppenish’s Heritage University are from left Jim Friesz of Olson Kundig Architects, Brandon Mayfield of Chervenell Construction; Heritage University Board members Pat Oshie and Thomas Mears, Sister Kathleen Hilton, Yakama Nation General Council Chairman Davis Washines, Heritage University President Dr. John Bassett and Heritage University Student Government Association President Javier Morin, Jr.



— With the turn of a spade Friday, Heritage University administrators began the construction of two new buildings on its Fort Road campus in Toppenish.

The buildings will provided more classrooms and offices as Heritage University continues to expand its academic programs.

One building will house the university’s Physician Assistant program, enabling Heritage to expand its capacity to 48 students. It will also house offices for program faculty and support staff.

The other will hold administrative offices for the President, the Vice President of Support Services, the Provost, as well as the business office and Human Resources. It will also have two classrooms.

The construction project will add 12,000 square feet of academic space to the campus at the cost of $5 million. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The new facilities are designed by Tom Kundig and Kirsten Murray of Olson Kundig Architects.

Heritage University previously contracted with Olson Kundig to design the new Petrie Hall, the Gaye and Jim Piggott Commons and Gagnier Hall, which were built in 2013-2014.



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