Photo of Boschma Innovation District

Photo of Boschma Innovation District

Photo of Boschma Innovation District

Boschma Innovation District

A Community Anchor

Clark County has experienced, like many manufacturing communities, a steady decline in its skilled industrial workforce. To change that, the City of Ridgefield, Clark College, and the Clark College Foundation envisioned a new training facility, The Workforce Innovation Center, to educate their next generation of industrial leaders. When called upon to design the facility, we expanded the visionary plan into a full campus program for the entire region. The Boschma Innovation District will bring students and instructors together with Ridgefield residents, K-12 students, and manufacturing and technology partners on a 10-acre site. Our conceptual plan for the full site program includes a retail main street, offices for the City of Ridgefield, a Clark College satellite campus, and bike trail system that connects to the entire region. The Workforce Innovation Center is the centerpiece. It will offer the people of Clark County the training and skills they need to take advantage of local jobs and economic opportunity.

Ridgefield, Washington

Planning: Jason Roberts

Planning Story

Expanding a Visionary Plan

In a unique partnership, the City of Ridgefield, Clark College, and the Clark College Foundation came together to revamp community interest and access to local manufacturing jobs. When they called out to the design community to visualize The Workforce Innovation Center, we responded with a full campus plan to transform Boschma Farm into an innovation hub for training and education. To develop our concept for the Workforce Innovation Training Center—the heart of the district—we gathered input from different types of manufacturers, asking them to reimagine a classroom based on a new model of applied learning. We found that large, adaptable spaces accommodate any type of equipment students may learn with. Using a mass timber structure, the center will celebrate the area’s roots in timber manufacturing and offer the large, flexible floor plates ideal for heavy equipment training. Visible from Interstate-5, the Boschma Innovation District sits in the heart of the Ridgefield technology and manufacturing corridor. The integrated campus program will offer visitors and students places to eat, shop, study, immerse in cultural and ecological experiences, and easily access industrial manufacturing clusters. In addition to workforce training, the campus will promote K-12 visits and internships, offer public event space, provide a headquarters for the City of Ridgefield, and become a flagship location for Clark College. Because the area is close to farmland and nature reservoirs, our vision incorporates existing mature trees and calls for a comprehensive water management plan. Bike paths will connect cyclists and hikers to the regional trails and bridge the campus to the nearby elementary school and residential neighborhood. The Boschma Innovation District displays the resiliency of Ridgefield and the greater Clark County region. By adapting to new education models and offering shared community amenities, the project will create a new generation of skilled leaders, connected to their local industry and to the people of their region.