Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate Completion of Construction Project
Klamath Community College will celebrate the completion of its Phase 1 construction project with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, September 9, at 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Courtyard at KCC.
The project has seen the completion of three new buildings on campus, more than doubling the square footage of facilities at the college. The new buildings include a Career Technical Center (CTC), Health Science Building (HSB), and a bookstore. The CTC houses three new programs in Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology and Construction Management while the HSB is home to a new Practical Nursing program, existing health-related programs and state-of-the-art science and computer labs. “We are extremely pleased with the finished product. The quality of work we’ve received from Mahlum Architects, Adroit Construction Company and all of the sub-contractors has been first-rate,” said KCC President Gerald Hamilton.
The buildings also contain general classroom space and areas for students to study or relax between classes, something that was previously lacking. “When we asked our students what they would like to see in the new buildings, that was the number one response. Students said there just wasn’t anywhere on campus for them to go and study or spend time between classes,” Hamilton said.
In addition to the three new buildings, the construction project has also resulted in an open space between the buildings. This landscaped, grassy area—known as the Campus Courtyard—offers an outdoor space for students to recreate when the weather is nice. The final aspect of the project, a parking lot just south of the new buildings, is expected to be completed this year.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony, which will feature comments from various state and local officials. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served and tours of the new facilities will be offered.
The date will also mark the grand opening of the new KCC Bookstore, which will be open for business beginning at 7:45 a.m. In addition to textbooks, the store will offer supplies, food and KCC clothing and merchandise. “We want to make sure people know we’re much more than textbooks,” said bookstore manager Margot Massa. “Also, the store isn’t just for students; we’ll be open to the public!”
As Phase 1 nears completion, plans for the next major construction project at KCC, Phase 2, are already being discussed. “We will work in coming years to secure funding in order to continue our growth and ensure that students attending KCC are getting the best education possible in the best facilities available,” said Hamilton. Future construction projects are dependent upon capital funding from the state; however, the Oregon Legislature did not approve any capital funding for community colleges during the 2011 session.