Heritage University to break ground on 3 new buildings

HERITAGE UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASE -- A little more than fourteen months after fire destroyed Petrie Hall, Heritage University is preparing to rebuild the lost structure.

The university is holding a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, October 18 at 11:30 on its main campus in Toppenish to kick off the construction of the three new buildings that will replace Petrieone where Petrie once stood that will contain classrooms, computer labs and an art studio, another in the center of campus which will contain the cafeteria, dining room and bookstore; and a third dedicated to information technology on the southwest quadrant of campus.

The new facilities are all designed by Tom Kundig and Kirsten Murray of Olson Kundig Architects.

Olson Kundig have designed award-wining buildings nationally and internationally for art collectors and universities, museums and cultural centers, civic projects and places of worship.

The university contracted with the internationally acclaimed firm to design both the replacement buildings as well as to develop a campus master plan for future growth.

"Olson Kundig's sensitivity to place, the Yakima Valley, and to the functional needs of our growing campus was paramount to our selecting them for this project," said Dr. John Bassett, Heritage University president. "Their designs are innovative and their creative approach to improving the density of the campus will add greatly to our students' overall academic experience."

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place just off of Fort Road on the site where Petrie Hall once stood. It is open to the public.