When it’s finished, it promises to be spectacular. In the meantime, students navigating the Center Building and surrounding areas continue to be greeted by orange and blue construction signs and barriers restricting access to classes and campus facilities.
“We want to update the educational experience for the students, which includes the hangout space on campus,” Michael O’ Neal, Food Service Director and chair of the management steering committee, said. “There really isn’t one in LCC, so we wanted to turn the whole Center Building around to make it more welcoming and all encompassing. We want the students to work, play and study all in one space”.
According to the new “Class Project FAQ” the college is transforming the high school style food cafeteria into something more upmarket. The plan is to bring a more independent variety of food stalls each with different menus. There are plans for a food truck on campus, and different ethnic food stalls inside the cafeteria. New restrooms have been installed, but the seating space is less than it was.
“The library in building 18 is a much smaller space. We don’t have the computers that we used to have, the books are not here; they are stored in the construction zone covered by plastic, and the librarians have to go there twice a day to pick up books for the students,” Marika Pineda, Interim Director of the LCC Library said.
During the summer term the library was on top of the construction site in the Center Building. However, at the beginning of the fall term it was moved to Building 18. There are comparatively less seats, computers and other resources in the new library.
“There is not enough room. The whole campus has a space shortage and everything is just a little different, Pineda said. “The transition is hard on us and everybody else, but we want to stay focused on the end result which will be fabulous!”
Noise is being kept to a minimum where possible.
“To avoid all the noise, we tried to do most of the work during this summer and then we also hope to do more noisy work during the winter,” Russ Pierson, Interim Assistant Director said. “We will keep the construction going and progress slowly, but this project will hopefully be done by January 2016.”