LCC set to break ground for new Industry and Trades Education Center

May 16, 2023
Rendering of Industry and Trades Education Center

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane Community College (LCC) is excited to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for its new Industry and Trades Education Center (ITEC) on Friday, May 19, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place in Parking Lot M on LCC's main campus at 4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, OR.

The $49.5 million state-of-the-art ITEC facility is the result of a voter-approved $121.5 million bond measure in May 2020, demonstrating the community's commitment to supporting technical education and workforce development. The new three-story, 55,353 square foot center will provide cutting-edge training in high-demand fields such as advanced manufacturing, construction technology, and unmanned aircraft systems. This project will help ensure that LCC continues to be a leader in providing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today's competitive workforce.

The groundbreaking ceremony will include speeches from LCC President Dr. Stephanie Bulger, Chair of the Board of Education Rosie Pryor, and Vice President and General Counsel of Wildish Companies, Steve Wildish. The event will also feature coordinated drone fly-overs, piloted by students in the Lane Aviation Academy's Unmanned Aircraft Program, and a symbolic groundbreaking with shovels and hard hats to mark the beginning of construction on the new facility.

"This is a monumental moment for Lane Community College, our students, and the broader community," said President Bulger. "The ITEC will not only provide our students with the tools and hands-on experience they need to excel in their chosen fields, but it will also help drive economic growth and prosperity within our region."

Members of the public and media are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony. Those arriving by personal vehicle are encouraged to park in Parking Lots L or N

Hennebery Eddy Architects designed the new building that will be constructed as an eastern gateway for the campus. Lease Crutcher Lewis Construction has been selected as the Construction Manager/General Contractor with an estimated occupancy date of November 2024. Total project costs will be approximately $49.5 million, making the project the LCC main campus' most expensive capital project to date.

Brett Rowlett, Executive Director of External Affairs

Lane Community College educates over 15,000 students annually at six locations across Lane County and online. Students and alumni from all 50 states and 79 countries create more than an $850 million dollar impact on the local economy, helping to support more than 13,000 local jobs. Lane provides affordable, quality, professional technical and college transfer programs; business development and employee training; academic, language and life skills development; and lifelong personal development and enrichment courses.