The start of Winter Quarter 2017 brings the completion of the 2016 Remodel of the 4000 Building. This effort began during the summer of 2015 when the Math Learning Center and The Writing and Learning Studio moved into the 4000 building as a way to centralize student academic success and allow more classrooms to be available for instruction.
During the fall of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, the college invested in a 4000 Building Master Planning effort that involved communication with key faculty and staff who work in the 4000 building; students; and the full college community. The outcome was a multi-year plan for the 4000 Building and a specific 2016 Phase of construction.
The construction started during the summer of 2016 and has been completed as of January 6, 2017 with the final installation of the new doors to welcome students into the new academic learning space with open seating, maximum natural light, centralized tutoring and learning centers, and a grand central ASK Desk that will serve students’ library and research needs. More casual study space has been incorporated throughout the second floor. The Biology and Chemistry Learning Center joined the 4000 building last spring and remains on the second floor, along with the Math Learning Center. Tutoring Services has a brand new home in the southwest corner of the second floor and offers support to all students. The Writing and Learning Studio is on the third floor, which they share with some additional study space. Overall, more than 8,500 square feet of additional student space has been made available.
The first floor has had a few refreshing coats of paint and some study areas incorporated into the hallway. The Student Computer Lab on the first floor remains open and ready to support students with their technology needs.
Our investment in the project was from state and local sources and demonstrates the college’s focus on student academic success. The state contributed $750,000 to the project and the college contributed about that same amount from the capital reserve fund.
Sustainable products were used for many of the remodeled areas and new features including the carpeting, paint, counter tops, baseboards, and the acrylic panels. Of these products, anywhere from 4% to 30% of the material was composed of recycled materials.
The project team wishes to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the students, staff, and faculty who have patiently adjusted to the noise and multiple temporary and permanent relocations during the quarter construction. We appreciate your keeping students and their needs at the heart of this remodel. Your never-ending flexibility helped make this project a success.
Please join us in celebrating the completed remodel at the Grand Re-opening Celebration on January 18 at 12:30 pm in the new casual student learning area known as room 4237.
We look forward to celebrating with the whole college community!