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Building Program Update- April, 2005
The Roadrunner Report

Measure A planning and implementation continues as Rio Hondo College prepares for construction.


Architects Craig Wilson and Gail Bouvrie of AC Martin Partners presented drawings and elevations for the new Library and Learning Resources Center (LRC) at the Board of Trustees meeting in March.

The unveiling of the LRC design to the Board followed months of preparation. The architectural team held a series of meetings with Library and LRC staff to work out details of the interior configuration as well as discuss exterior design concepts in the context of the vision articulated in the Master Plan. "The user group process has been extremely inclusive and collaborative," said Voiza Arnold, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. "There has been much dialogue between college staff and the architectural team that has achieved a design that all segments buy into."

Overall, the new Library and Learning Resources Center will be 90,000 square feet. Usable Library space will increase from 32,000 square feet to more than 37,000 square feet. The new complex will complement existing buildings at Rio Hondo while reflecting the unique topography of the campus. As envisioned, the second floor of the complex will house the Library facilities, including a glass-enclosed reading room with dynamic views across the valley. The first floor devoted to writing and reading program facilities as well as distance learning, a multi-media production studio and teleconferencing capabilities. The LRC will also incorporate space for extended study hours as well as smart study labs, classrooms, meeting rooms and study areas.

The Library and Learning Resources Center will be located across the lower quad from the Campus Inn. The exterior of the two-storey facility is designed to harmonize with the geographic contours of Rio Hondo College's hillside campus and complement the existing architecture. The building will also incorporate sustainable design and construction principles for efficient use of space and resources.

"The building design is bold and dramatic while at the same time providing enhanced functionality for both the library areas and the learning resources areas, " according to Dr. Arnold. "It will truly be a signature building for the campus and become the anchor of the lower quad."

The LRC design will be submitted for cost estimating as part of the steps in design. The designs will also undergo value engineering, a process during which experts examine the project designs to see if there are ways to save costs. "We've already trimmed some costs during design," said Ms. Bouvrie. "For example, we substituted a less expensive but equally durable roof material after we realized the only people who would ever see the roof are those who fly over in an airplane."

"I thought the process was a good one. The architects were very responsive and the resulting plans look wonderful," said Vickie Sartwell, Dean of Student Learning Support.

The architectural team finalized the preliminary drawings which have been submitted to the Chancellor's Office for approval. Once approved by the Chancellor, the construction documents for the project will be finalized and submitted to the Office of the State Architect for approval. This is anticipated to happen by mid-November of 2005.

At a special meeting in March, the Board authorized contracting with Glumac International to help implement a previous resolution by the Board to incorporate ecologically sound and environmentally friendly principles of sustainability into design and construction of campus facilities under Measure A. Founded in 1971, Glumac International is a leading engineering firm specializing in sustainable design and construction.

Consultants and staff expect to break ground on the Library and Learning Resources Center late in 2006. The building is scheduled to open in 2008.

"The Library/Learning Resource Center will be a resource for students, staff, and the community," said Dr. Arnold. "It will offer areas for quiet individual study; group study areas for interaction; reference and research support; general tutorial services; and learning support for English, ESL, foreign languages, and reading."


Construction equipment related to Measure A arrived on campus for the first time when MACTEC, our geological testing consultant, drilled for soil samples in the area where the new Library and Learning Resources Center will be built. Technicians drilled several areas to sample for soil stability. In two places, holes three feet in diameter were drilled and a geologist was lowered to a depth of forty feet to observe conditions and take samples. All indications are that the area is very stable and will easily support the Library and Learning Resources Center.


A team from Nolte Associates, Inc. was on campus in March to begin surveying the campus. Nolte also conducted a "flyover" survey to better review and plot topographical conditions of our campus.


Master Plan refinements are ongoing as projects are prioritized and cost savings opportunities examined. The project remains on schedule with a June 30, 2011 overall completion date.

The Board authorized negotiating with Vantage Technology Consulting Group as advisor for all technology components for the infrastructure and building projects.

Consideration is being given to moving the tennis courts from the top level of the new parking structure to the lower campus. That would place more parking at the top of the campus while leaving the tennis courts easily accessible to all users.

It is anticipated that the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be completed in mid-October, ahead of schedule.

Still to be determined is which projects will be submitted for state funding consideration.


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