Peninsula College’s new Maier Hall almost open for business [**Gallery AND Video**]

PORT ANGELES — The protective construction fence is down, and 61,750-square-foot Maier Hall at Peninsula College is almost ready for its furniture.

The paint has dried.

The acoustics in the Performance Hall have been fine-tuned.

And now the checklist of all the tiny details that need work is being made — all the windows that have trouble opening or buttons that stick have blue tape indicating that they need work.

Soon, materials for pottery classes will be delivered, and student artwork will go up on the hallway walls.

The $36 million building will house art, math, liberal arts and music programs — as well as a 130-seat performance hall

“We’re starting to move in as we speak,” said Peninsula College President Tom Keegan.

“Over the next few months and into the summer, we’ll be moving furniture in and faculty and preparing to start classes here in the fall.”

A grand opening ceremony will take place in the early fall, but a date has not yet been set, Keegan said.

The second-floor overhang is covered by moss as a way to filter rainwater as it runs off the building.

“All of the rain runoff will be filtered and run into the wetlands,”said David Wegener, construction project manager for Peninsula College.

Eco-friendly moss roof

The Science and Technology Building also has a “green” roof, but it includes 16 inches of dirt, whereas the moss roof is light and can easily be rolled off and back on should a leak spring.

“The infrastructure for [Maier Hall] requires much less,” Keegan said.

“When you hold a 3-foot portion of moss, you can hardly tell you are holding anything. You can imagine how much more weight that portion of dirt weighs in the Science and Technology Building.”

The moss, developed by Roy Hellwig of Sequim, the architect for the campus’ Longhouse, is a new process for such a large building.

Once it is refurbished, a totem pole that once sat in front of the buildings that it replaces will be returned, Keegan said.

The totem pole was carved by Peninsula College Trustee Harris “Brick” Johnson, and his family is having it updated.

Pole-raising ceremony

A pole-raising ceremony separate from the grand opening will be scheduled after Maier Hall is open for classes, Keegan said.

Maier Hall — named for E. John Maier, the founding president of Peninsula College, who served from 1961 to 1975 — replaces Buildings F, G, H and I, which were built during Maier’s presidency in the 1960s.

The construction team of Howard S. Wright is from the same company that built the Space Needle in 1962.

Architect Walter Schacht of Schacht Aslani Architects in Seattle did the design.

__________

Reporter Paige Dickerson can be reached at 360-417-3535 or at paige.dickerson@peninsuladailynews.com.

More in News

Budgets before county commissions

Government meetings across North Olympic Peninsula

Holiday decorations go missing on Diamond Point

The Grinch came early this year. Or that’s how… Continue reading

teaser logo
Peninsula Home Fund donations pour in

Most recent donors listed

Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group

For the second year, River Jensen, left, and her mom Anna Larsen plan to use stockings for River’s Christmas Project to supply toiletries to local homeless people and others in crisis. River, now 16, started the project seven years ago.
Jefferson County considers carbon leases

Junior taxing districts concerned about timber revene

EJFR to expand ability to help

City-hosted grant adds ‘tools to toolbox’

The Dungeness Off-Channel Reservoir is pictured in an artist's rendering by Anchor QEA, the project’s engineering firm.
Open house to provide information about Dungeness reservoir

Project aims to protect irrigation water, save salmon, create park

Football players disciplined

Forks investigation into hazing incident ongoing

KEITH THORPE/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Visitor to the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village walk through a decorative ornament, part of a donation of holiday decorations from the Microsoft Corporation to the Olympic Medical Center Foundation for use at last weekend's Festival of Trees, and then moved to the ice village for the duration of the ice skating season. The villages offers daily skating through Jan. 2 in downtown Port Angeles.
Volunteers in short supply at Winter Ice Village

Chamber: Popular rink depends on community pitiching in

Most Read