$9.4 million LTCC library breaks ground | TahoeDailyTribune.com

$9.4 million LTCC library breaks ground

William Ferchland

Tribune staff writer
Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily Tribune The library at Lake Tahoe Community College is approximately 5,500 square feet while the new facility will almost triple the amount of space.

Ground broke Monday for Lake Tahoe Community College’s 26,619 square-foot library after 54 days of delay and a shortage of $1.3 million.

The extra cash, which complements $8.1 million obtained from a state school facilities bond passed in November 2001, was approved last Friday by California’s public works board.

It was needed to offset higher costs in steel and labor, said Jon Stephens, vice president of business services.

College officials assembled a quick ceremony Monday to commemorate the go-ahead for the library, which is scheduled to open in January 2006 before the winter quarter.

Phil Roche, director of library services, said he visited more than 30 community college, university and city libraries to determine what he wanted for LTCC.

The new library, which will sit in front of the student parking lot and be connected to the main building, will include 24 computers, a slew of windows, at least three group study rooms, 38-foot ceilings and a fireplace and couches, Roche said.

One area will be a 2,000 square-foot art gallery.

“In the gallery there will be exhibitions by local, regional and international artists,” said Anne Luerken, the college’s foundation director. “The walls will be movable, allowing for different configurations for each exhibition.”

About 50,000 books from the old library will be transferred once construction is complete. The old library, which has sat on top of the student commons area for 15 years, will be transformed into storage space and classrooms in the future.

Construction company Allen L. Bender Inc. will begin work by taking down trees.

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