Plath Hall - New Instrumentation Building

Plath Hall
Yakima, Washington

Estimated Construction Cost:
$7,000,000

Building Area:
36,500 square feet

Project Status:
Construction Scheduled to
Begin Fall 2014

Contractor:
 Tri-Ply Construction, LLC

The New Plath Hall will house the Perry Technical Institute Instrumentation Program.  This program instructs students in basic Direct Current (DC) / Alternating Current (AC) circuit design and analysis, temperature and pressure control in fluids, and motor / valve control.  This program is split into eight instructional sections, with each section having a classroom and laboratory space.  The program provides an opportunity for the students to apply the theoretical knowledge they have learned in the classroom through interaction with functioning training equipment provided in the laboratory spaces.

Plath Hall is designed to be two stories with exterior finishes identified as primarily brick on the lower level and stucco above.  At the curved main entry is an open metal canopy supported by six brick columns and at the second floor window wall is another open metal canopy with tie back rods for support.  The main entry opens to a central lobby which doubles as a light filled study area.  The lobby is flanked by two wings for the classroom and laboratory sections, and will feature a metal fabric screen displaying a large monitor to provide information about the school, program and 'green' aspects of the building.  Behind the screen, the split main stairs converge on a landing with a metal fabric feature wall, below which the electrical room is hidden, before proceeding up a single stair to the second floor.  In addition to the educational components of the building, the first floor houses a staff break room while on the second floor is a spacious meeting/interview room.  Storage rooms are provided for each section, and communication rooms on each end of the second floor provide an opportunity for future campus expansion.