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Centralia College Master Plan:
Proposals and Expansion

From January through July of 2010 Centralia College updated its 20 Year Master Plan. The result of this update can be viewed in the map below. To view a larger version of the map click the image.

Centralia College 20 Yr Master Plan

Parking Planning:
Centralia College has identified potential parking expansion sites and is currently gathering feedback from students, faculty, staff, and neighbors. Please review the Potential Parking Site Map below and the accompanying analysis, which is linked here as a PDF doc.

Potential Parking Site Map
Potential Parking Sites Map


Click Here to view video of the KNOLL on YouTube
During the fall of 2011 the college completed development of the KNOLL, which was the final aspect of the new science center project. Click on the picture below for additional images of the KNOLL, as they become available.

Kiser Natural Outdoor Learning Lab


The RONNA is a 20 acre forested area near the Centralia College campus. It is owned by the Centralia College Foundation and is available for academic research. Click the image below to go to the RONNA web page.

Robert O'Neill Natural Area


TransAlta College Commons (TACC)

Click Here for the TACC Project Request Report - PDF | 33 MB

Click Here for the TACC Predesign Doc. - PDF | 341 MB

Click Here for the TACC Predisgn Drawings - PDF | 8 MB

Click Here for the TACC Predesign Photos - PDF | 3MB

Click Here for the TACC Predesign Appendix - PDF | 10 MB

Click Here for the TACC Project Cost Estimate - PDF | 1 MB

Warning: The above PDF documents are very large and could take a very long time to open.

The TransAlta College Commons has completed the predesign phase (as of 2011) and construction is scheduled to begin in 2013 or 2015. The 70,000 plus square foot building will replace the student services building. It will provide facilities for Admissions and Registration, Financial Aid, Enrollment Services, Student Programs, the college bookstore, the college cafeteria, and future technology classrooms. It will also provide a 500 seat dining/meeting space to be used by the campus and the community.

The building is projected to cost over $40 million of which $3 million will come from the most recent Centralia College Capital Campaign. During this campaign TransAlta generously provided a $500k gift toward the new facility. Conceptual artistic renderings of the TransAlta College Commons are available below (Click each image for a larger pdf version of the file):

TransAlta Commons 1

TransAlta Commons 8

TransAlta Commons 9

2010 Master Plan Narrative:
The current master plan is largely the result of the 1999-2000 Facilities committee work which identified major components and elements.  After a campus wide review, and board of trustees approval, the 2001 master plan (attachment A) gave the college direction to:

  1. Direct traffic and vehicles to the south portion of the campus, away from the heavy traffic on Centralia College Blvd (formerly Locust St.).
  2. Replace the science building in the approximate location of the existing one (Ehret Hall).
  3. Build a new student center in the center of campus (SE corner of Washington and Walnut Streets).
  4. Re-site Kiser Natural Outdoor Learning Lab to the block north of Washington Hall.
  5. Centralize the early childhood education programs in the block currently occupied on the south side of the campus.
  6. Create a quad or courtyard area in the center of campus near the clock tower.
  7. Vacate internal streets, reducing vehicle traffic through the center of campus, and creating a pedestrian corridor
  8. Purchase properties within the approximate borders of Centralia College Blvd., Ash, Silver, and Plum streets.

Since that time, the New Science Center has been constructed, Lingreen removed to establish the beginning of a quad,  and the site between China Creek and Washington Hall cleared for the Kiser  Natural Outdoor Learning Lab.  Walnut Street north of the Health and Wellness Center (aka gym) has been vacated in conjunction with renovation.  A project proposal to replace the student center with a new facility in the center of campus has been approved by the state and is in the pre-design process.  The college is preparing to submit a proposal for a new early childhood learning facility for competitive funding.

In 2004, a modification to the plan was made and approved by the board of trustees.  That modification called for identification for two new facilities for short term training and continuing education on the east side of campus, and to establish an outdoor area for competitive and intramural sports.

The plan was modified and approved by the board of trustees again in 2007 to consider the footprint and impact of the New Science Center, and a revised concept of the outdoor sports area.  No other major modifications were made at that time.

In 2010 the plan was again modified and approved by the board of trustees to expand its boundaries to adjust traffic circulation and parking areas on the perimeter of campus.  This modification expanded the scope of the college’s master plan north of Centralia College Boulevard (solely for the purpose of providing parking space) and west to the border of Cedar Street.  This modification also took into account that the construction of Washington Hall (2001) and the New Science Center (2009) as well as the upcoming construction of the new College Commons (2015) has and will continue to shift the student demographic to the west, north and center portions of campus along with student parking and circulation.

These factors, along with the possible conversion of the Tacoma Rail line to a rail trail, drew attention to the need to expand the master plan westward, to Cedar Street and to the north side of Centralia College Boulevard.The modified plan also provides the college with opportunities to expand parking on the eastern boundary of the campus to facilitate parking need for the Health and Wellness Center.

These expansions provide two major benefits:

  1. Expansion of parking north of Centralia College Boulevard will provide those using the spaces with convenient access to the college campus and Main Street businesses without infringing upon residential parking needs.
  2. Expansion of parking between the Tacoma Rail line and Cedar Street, where a growing number of students are currently parking will support a growing student population in the Professional/Technical programs.
  3. Expansion of parking on the eastern boundary of the campus near the Health and Wellness Center will provide needed spaces for students and community members making use of the facility.
  4. Spreading out parking areas and providing extra parking spaces will facilitate the rising number of students attending the college, while also serving to alleviate residential and commercial parking shortages and neighborhood traffic congestion as the college continues to expand.

The college has also agreed to partner with the City of Centralia and a Neighborhood Advisory Committee to consider further modifications and expansions of the master plan.

Please forward any comments or concerns to the office of the Vice President of Finance & Administration or to individual members of the Facilities Committee.

Chair, Lisa Welch - Student Services –
Patrick Allison – Administration -
Ken Cotton – Faculty –
Gil Elder - Ex Officio, Director of F.O.M. –
Suzanne Hostetter – Lab Rep. –
Sheri Keahey – Faculty –
Sean Mayfield – Asst. Dir., Grounds –
Marla Miller – Ex Officio, Risk Mngmnt. –
Bonnie Myer - Parking Report –
Steve Norton – Faculty –
Brenda Novarra – Asst. Dir., Custodial –
Vacant – Special Services
Steve Ward - Ex Officio, VP of F & A –
Cheryl Williams – Instruction –

Corbet Theatre & Washington Hall

Corbet Theatre & Washington Hall

Less than two hours from Portland and Seattle, and less than 30 minutes from Olympia, Centralia is a rural community that provides a great setting for study, leisure, and employment.

Cultural resources such as professional symphonies and art exhibits are available locally and within a short drive. Local arts and activities also include the community theatre, as well as a band and concert series.