Vol. 2, No. 1 Fall 2004
In September of this year, the Library building
project progressed through the design and development stage. The
architects, construction manager and library administration are
now engaged in the process of determining the specific phasing
plans for the operation of the building while construction takes
place. Construction documents have begun to be drawn up.
The new schedule calls for construction to commence in June 2006.
The decision was made to move the project back one year, awaiting
the final determination of the level of MICUA funding to be made
available by the State through the next two legislative sessions.
This schedule also provides the library more time to assess the
collections and determine which parts will be moved off-site during
construction. The estimate is that between 60,000 and 90,000 of
our least-used titles will be housed at another location during
the three-year construction project.
A new feature of the Library project has recently been added by
designating space on the 3rd floor for both a special collections
area and archives. The two colleges have decided to move their
respective institutional archives into the library as part of
the 3rd floor renovation, which will be the final phase of construction.
The new archive area will essentially double the space currently
available to each college, while providing climate control facilities
and a full-time archivist to manage each collection for the first
The total building project budget has been holding steady at the
original $18 million cost projection. This has been accomplished
through the architectural firms of Hillier, Inc. and Probst-Mason
Architects working early in the design process with the construction
manager, Whiting-Turner, to value-engineer the project.