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Major renovations begin at college

Salvador Ruiz (foreground) and Burt Mallory begin work on the foundation for the section being added to the College of the Redwoods, Del Norte campus library. (Special to the Triplicate/Adam Madison).
Salvador Ruiz (foreground) and Burt Mallory begin work on the foundation for the section being added to the College of the Redwoods, Del Norte campus library. (Special to the Triplicate/Adam Madison).

By Adam Madison

Special to the Triplicate

The $2.04 million renovation of the , Del Norte campus has begun.

Beginning today, the Financial Aid, Counseling Services, Enrollment Services, the book store and library will be be moved to temporary locations.

The renovation is scheduled to be completed Aug. 17, "a week before classes start," Interim Vice President Ray Geary said.

The renovation includes improving five classrooms, a new writing lab and enlarging the library, also known as the Learning Resource Center.

The library is undergoing the largest renovation, including a new section that enlarges the existing building. The section will become the new home for the financial aid, counseling and student services centers. The library also will get new carpeting.

Three of the classrooms will be combined to create a lecture hall with a removable partition that splits the room into two classrooms. The partitioned lecture hall will improve the students study area by "adding a little bit more versatility," Geary said.

The existing doors in each room will be replaced by doors with a crash-bar, so students can exit the rooms more easily.

A fourth classroom will have ventilation improvements and a new door installed.

The writing lab will be enlarged.

A new ventilation system also will be installed. On warmer days, the classrooms and office areas become humid and harder to work and study in, Geary said.

"The ventilation system will improve the work environment," Geary said.

Students can expect some inconveniences during the construction.

The library will have limited resources available to students attending summer courses. Only relevant materials will be available for the summer courses, Geary said. Computer access in the library also will be limited during the renovation.

But "the phone lines will be the same and student services will run uninterrupted," Geary said. "Summer classes will not be affected and student services will be fully staffed and operational. Signage will also be posted directing the students," to the temporary locations of the rooms being renovated.

Project contractor Timberworks, a Mt. Shasta-based company, was contracted to do the framing, foundation and the retro-fitting for the existing rooms.

Considering the prevailing wage job will last until mid-August, Burt Mallory, employed by Timberworks, said "We were lucky to get the job."

Money for the project comes from Measure B, which Redwood Community College District voters approved in November 2004. The measure provided $40 million to renovate and improve the district campuses.

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