LIBERTY, A MOUNTAIN, AND SCIENCE FUSE AT EVCC.
What do the Cascade Range, the cause of liberty, health-sciences, and Everett Community College have in common? Well it turns out – the new EvCC Nursing and Health Sciences building recently constructed on Broadway has been named Liberty Hall after Liberty Mountain in the Cascade Range.
Liberty Liberty is located on the North side of the Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls. Visible from the campus itself, Liberty Mountain is nestled in the vicinity of Three Fingers Peak, Mt. Pilchuck and Whitehorse Mountain. Impressive in the summer, Liberty Mountain is especially spectacular in the winter when it is heaped deep with snow — which accentuates the spectacular cracks and crevasses in the rock face of the upper peak.
The college has a tradition of naming its buildings after impressive peaks in and around the Puget Sound region, and so the Board of Trustees continued the tradition with a unanimous vote of approval. In the late 60’s another building on the quad was also named Liberty but the name was later dropped. By the time the facility opens in the spring, the near 38 million dollar facility will have taken about two years to construct. The health and science scholastics programs in the building will include nursing programs, phlebotomy programs, and medical assistance training.
EvCC Vice President John Olson said, “The word liberty has many other meanings that apply to this structure,” and as one nominator wrote. “A healthy lifestyle, being healthy, is liberating. Obtaining an education can be liberating, opening doors to new jobs and experiences. Liberty is an ideal name for such a wonderful structure.” Indeed a good quality education is at the cornerstone of expanding the freedom of career choices.
Liberty Hall will have three times more lab area for the programs centered there. Other important attributes include new training technologies (a clinical simulation lab to name one). The design and construction of the facility have moved smoothly. SRG Partnership, Inc. of Seattle is the architecture firm in charge of the building’s design, and the general contractor is Olympia-based Berschauer Phillips Construction Co., Inc.