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Community college completes $25 million project in Oregon City, approved by voters in 2014

Clackamas Community College will celebrate the opening of DeJardin Hall at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Clackamas Community College is A large penicillin molecule is suspended from the ceiling in the DeJardin Hall lobby.marking the growth of science capacity on its Oregon City campus. New labs and classrooms — part of the DeJardin Hall expansion — will provide a home for life sciences, environmental science, chemistry and the water environmental technology programs.

The project doubles the current chemistry lab capacity, accommodating an additional 250 chemistry students a year, along with additional biology classes. The new labs will expose students to modern industry-standard scientific environments similar to what they will find when they transfer to a university. New student collaboration spaces will support the college's popular STEM Club.

The 23,150-square-foot addition features science on display both inside and out. Indoors, the building houses a large bird collage, a replica of a beluga whale skeleton, and a large sculpture of a penicillin molecule. Outside, an entire exterior wall's brickwork mimics cougar (the college's mascot) DNA. Embedded in the sidewalk is a geologic time walk, which is laid out so 1 meter is equal to 100 million years and ends at a large, glacial erratic boulder.

A replica of a baby beluga whale skeleton hangs in the student study area of DeJardin Hall."This project will serve all science and allied health majors," said CCC Arts and Sciences Dean Sue Goff. "It expands our collegiate and technical science laboratories and will prepare students for majors and careers in sciences like chemistry, biology, environmental and health sciences."

DeJardin Hall, one of several bond-funded projects at Clackamas Community College, was a $25 million project that received an $8 million match from the state of Oregon. Voters approved a $90 million bond measure in November 2014 to expand opportunities for students and to increase the skilled work force in the community.

PHOTOS COURTESY: CCC - The brickwork on an exterior wall of DeJardin Hall replicates cougar (Clackamas Community College's mascot) DNA.

Science building grand opening

WHAT: The community is invited to a short program, plaque dedication and refreshments to celebrate the completion of Clackamas Community College's DeJardin Hall.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11

WHERE: 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City

MORE: For details on the degrees and certificates available at CCC, visit clackamas.edu/programs.

For more information about the college's bond projects, visit clackamas.edu/BondInformation.


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