Center Building Updates

Center Building Updates

Project Status - In Progress

The CLASS Update – Week of September 22

1964

1964 was a momentous year in history. In February that year, a rag-tag group of four young, 20-something British musicians invaded the US music scene, landing in New York and calling themselves The Beatles. And in October, on the other side of the country in Lane County, voters approved creation of a community college education district and elected its first Board of Education. Lane Community College was born.

The college held its formal ground-breaking ceremony for its brand-spanking new 30th Avenue campus in January, 1967 and classes begin meeting there in 1968. Then in October, 1969, the new $18 million campus was dedicated, with Oregon Governor Tom McCall cutting a ceremonial log on site with a chainsaw - the same month the first message was sent over ARPANET, the forerunner of what would one day be called "the internet".

And somewhere in the course of these momentous months, the Center Building was constructed on campus, designed to represent exactly what its name implies—the center of campus and the very heart of our community life. BUT ... the buildings, walks, terraces and parking lots of that original campus were designed to meet the needs of students and staff in the last half of the 20th century. Since then many of the original buildings have been remodeled and some new buildings have been added to address the changing needs of students and staff. Though some programs have been relocated and some floors remodeled, the original design of the Center Building—food services, library, and bookstore—has remained largely untouched.

The CLASS project changes everything.

composite photo from 50th Anniversary

Still Crazy After All These Years

So how have we re-imagined the heart and soul of the campus for a new millennium? Check out these points of interest:

Feel the Power! The new Titan Store has seemingly sprung from the earth on the south end of the west plaza area in recent days. While the old store will remain operational in its usual location this fall, this new store will open in January as your one-stop-shopping source for books, supplies and all things Titan--including a convenience store that will be open extended hours.

A Library for the Future. The Library has moved into new, temporary-but-very-cool digs in Building 18. They still offer all the usual library services - including Summit circulation, study space, computer lab, and access to library materials - from that temporary location. Watch for signs and follow the "construction orange" steps to make your way to Building 18. Meanwhile, the new library will be flat-out awesome, featuring an open design over two floors, buttressed by the new Information Central. You'll find group study spaces for one or as many as twelve people all at once.

Made to Order. Get ready to bid a fond farewell to the old cafeteria ... but not yet! Food services will morph and shift quite a bit this coming year, but for now, you'll find the usual great fare in the usual places. But by the time this project is complete, you'll be bellying up to fantastic new food venues with cook-to-order items, there will be a brand new Renaissance Room with increased seating, and you'll find a new instructional kitchen featuring windows that offer a peek behind-the-scenes for the Ren Room diners and others.

A Synergy of Student Activity. The Lower Level has already received a huge upgrade this summer, and the happy new inhabitants of this great new space include the No Cash Clothing Stash, the Rainy Day Food Pantry, The Torch, Denali and OSPIRG, among others.

But Wait ... There's More! Other Changes Coming Soon to A Center Building Near You!

  • Academic Technology Center.
  • Central tutoring and tutoring throughout the 2nd and 3rd floors.
  • Academic Testing Center.
  • Student activity space.
  • New locations for art at the vastly-improved exterior plaza and the interior of the building.
  • Improved ADA access around and inside the building to move toward our goal of universal access.
  • A new elevator.
  • Improved vertical connections with staircases inside the building.
  • Lots of safety improvements, including a significant seismic upgrade.
  • Tons of sustainability elements, with reduced energy and water use, daylighting strategies, improved indoor environmental quality and new glazing in critical locations.

class project timeline as of Sept 2014

What Happens When? If you want to take a glance at the work ahead of us, take a look above. Just remember: a construction project this huge in a building this old can present the occasional surprise, so your mileage may vary when it comes to some of the dates and details.

Pump Up the Jam
It was extra noisy around campus this summer as we took good advantage of fewer students, fewer classes in session and the Friday closures. Our goal: to get us to the "new normal". That new normal will include plenty of background noise, punctuated by occasional flurries of loudness. When you venture in or around the Center Building, you might find yourself talking a little louder and listening a little harder. We're mindful of the din - we've asked our contractor to use the quietest equipment available and we're taking extra precautions to keep it on the down low during critical times like Finals Week. But we should all be prepared to embrace just a little extra static this coming year.

As fall term begins, we may need the occasional "group hug", or maybe a yoga class or breathing exercises. We won't be able to get there from here in the usual way and the wall of sound might get to us once in a great while. (And - seriously - we'll have earplugs available in Building 1 (Student Services), Building 3 (Human Resources) and the Titan Store, so feel free to tap this resource any time you feel it's necessary.) But in the end, we will not only survive ... we will THRIVE, for we are the mighty Titans of Lane Community College and we are willing to embrace change and draw out the very best in one another.

We are prepared to take the Center Building into the 21st century, to make our world at Lane a much better place for us, and for generations of students, faculty, staff and community members yet to come.

Here's to the NEXT 50 years!

The CLASS Update – Week of September 4

Architect rendering of exterior of center building remodelThe Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days?
Apparently the ancient Romans associated the hottest days of mid-summer with Sirius, the brightest star in the sky (and part of the constellation shaped like a large dog) that seemed to rise with the sun during the miserably hot weather of July and August in the days before central air conditioning.

Happy Days Are Here Again

We've been working hard all through those "dog days" so fall term will be as hassle-free as it can be--considering that the largest construction project in the history of Main Campus is taking place right under our feet. If you haven't been around much this summer, I think you'll be surprised at the progress when you return to campus.

The "dog day" heroes this summer are the current inhabitants of the Center Building. Hail to you, Library staff! Huzzah, Food Services! Well-done, Titan Store peeps! Hats off to you, Social Scientists, Basement Dwellers and LLCers! Here's to anyone and every one who weathered the noise, the dust and disruption--and more noise--that marked our mad dash to stay on schedule and within budget this summer.

What Now?

We've got a lot to share with you before fall term starts in earnest on September 29, but we'll save many of the details for just a bit. Here are a few highlights to whet your appetite:

  • The Library staff is busy adding the finishing touches to their new "home away from home" in Building 18. They plan to be open for business there beginning September 8. They will still offer all the usual library services, including Summit circulation, study space, computer lab, and access to library materials from that temporary location.
  • Many of the new inhabitants of the vastly improved Lower Level have moved into their cheery new home in what used to be the dank domain formerly known as "the basement". Among the new happy occupants: the No Cash Clothing Stash and the Rainy Day Food Pantry. Make it a point to drop in and say hi.
  • Food Services is still serving up great food from their usual location. They remain on a limited schedule this next week or two, but look for that to change as the term begins.
  • Cross your fingers ... those new and improved restrooms on the first floor that we've been dreaming about will open just in time on Monday, September 29 ... IF the stars align and all the parts and pieces show up right when they're supposed to. If not, well, they're still coming soon. As Bobby McFerrin might say, "Don't worry. Be happy."

The Dull Roar

We've mentioned several times--and we'll just keep saying it--that you can expect a "new normal" in the vicinity of the Center Building when it comes to sound levels. Our "dog day" heroes experienced the worst of it this summer--including what sounded like incredibly massive beasts scraping their finger nails on the world's largest chalk board right under their feet for a week or so. They endured the brunt of the noise so we could get to a nice, normal "dull roar" this fall.

It will still be noisy. It will still be punctuated by occasional flurries of loudness. But if we can all embrace this elevated level of background static this coming year ... if we can smile at our coworkers and offer to point the way to our students, our visitors and our community partners ... we will get done on time and under budget, and the dull roar will be immediately forgotten in the glorious shouts of celebration.

Prepare to celebrate.

And bring your earplugs.

The CLASS Update – Week of July 21

Architect rendering of Center Building exteriorIEQ and You

If you are around campus this summer, you know all about the occasional noise, dust, smells and inconvenience of construction. This really is a huge project and like every "remodel", it generates its share of mess and aggravation, but know this: we're doing our very best to keep it all on the "down low"!

"IEQ" stands for "Indoor Environmental Quality" and it's become the new standard for the kinder, gentler, healthier and sustainable construction standards of the 21st century. We hope to attain USGBC LEED™ certification for the CLASS project, and we are doing much more than the minimum required by code to keep you safe and happy during construction. For example, while the lovely smell of diesel fuel may occasionally waft windward in your direction, that diesel exhaust has been pre-scrubbed to ensure full compliance with health and safety standards--indeed, we are well beyond EPA standards. And the couple of concerns we've had expressed about dust in the Center Building have actually been linked to existing dust that had settled into nooks and crannies over the past fifty years the building has been in use.

In short, we care ... and we're being care-full to ensure your health and safety.

The Weeks Ahead

Want to know what in the world we're up to next? Here you go:

First of all, we'll be doing mandatory fire alarm testing in the Center Building on Monday and Tuesday. There may be both horns and strobes going off in the basement, but the sound will likely be heard through the Center Building and in the vicinity. Hopefully the aural interruptions will be minimal, but keep those earplugs handy!

This week, beginning Monday, July 21, we'll start digging footings for the new Titan Store on the west end of the building.

We're also getting ready to start stairwell work.

We are getting started in earnest on the construction of shear walls that will provide additional seismic reinforcement.

And ... don't let it get out, but those new and improved restrooms on the first floor really will be available fall term. We're starting down that path this week!

This Time the End Justifies the Means

We are well on the way toward our goal of a reimagined and reinvigorated space right at the heart of our campus community. Keep yourself safe and informed ... be willing to endure a little agony ... and plan to give your neighbors the benefit of the doubt.

Our midsummer night's dream is fast becoming a beautiful reality!

The CLASS Update – Week of June 26

On these summer Fridays, while the campus is closed, I can assure you a few of us will be hard at work, making good use of the wide open spaces around campus.

An Inconvenient Truth

The Bond project team and the staff of Facilities Management and Planning want you to know in advance: if you're planning to be around on Fridays this summer, you'll want to be prepared for all those inconveniences we've mentioned in earlier communications--things like noise, dust and heavy equipment are likely to be especially prevalent on Fridays. Heating and cooling may not be on in many areas. This is, of course, true for the entire Center Building and its environs as the CLASS project team does their best to stay on schedule over the summer; but it is also true in many regions of the campus--these Fridays offer the chance to get a lot done without the usual restrictions, all on the assumption that the vast majority of us are off-campus.

What's Next?

If you are around this summer, here are a few things you can expect in just the next two or three weeks:

  • We are continuing our site preparation work and utilities excavation at the west side of the Center Building. This will make way both for the new and improved Titan Store and the remarkably awesome new plaza area that will slowly take shape in the days ahead. This is noisy and intense work that can involve heavy equipment, but it's absolutely essential.
  • Abatement work begins next week throughout the building in areas that will be impacted by construction; it may continue into the following week.
  • We'll also begin constructing shear walls as part of our seismic upgrade work and we'll start work that will set us up for some new and improved restrooms on the first floor some time this fall.
  • There is a lot of juggling taking place as we create new classroom space and as staff from the Center Building move into temporary digs in other locations across campus--notably in Building 18.

Architect rendering of interior of center building remodelIn brief, it will be a very busy summer!

Totally Worth It

You know how they always say, "Good things come to those who wait"? Well, this time we mean it!

The CLASS project really is a "class project", and if we can make it through the hassles over these next few months, and give one another a little extra grace, we will--soon enough--get to revel in the results and enjoy the fruit of our collective labor! Thanks for being a part.

Here's to a great summer at Lane Community College!


The CLASS Update – Week of June 9

Architect rendering of interior of center building remodel

Great Expectations

In part one of our recent update series on what we can expect on campus during the CLASS project construction over these next several months, we summarized the hopes and dreams of our community as we reimagine the very heart of our campus and the various spaces within and around the Center Building. We described the season of perspiration that lies between aspiration and the goal of transformation, with the challenge of disruption that lies just ahead of us.
This is a HUGE project! We're doing much more work, touching many more square feet of space than we've done since the original campus construction in the 60s. And unlike some of the larger projects in the recent past--like the transformation of Building 10 or the construction of the Longhouse or the Health and Wellness Building (30)--the construction site isn't localized to the perimeter or one small corner of the campus. They call this the "Center" Building for good reason--it's right smack dab in the middle of everything!

Da Noise

While we're going to do our very best, using the quietest equipment available, there is no denying that construction is a noisy proposition. Saws, drills, and hammers--not to mention heavy equipment--all of it adds up to an increased level of background sounds punctuated by the occasional kaboom! Just like our response to heat and cold or various smells, some of us are just more sensitive to sounds. If that describes you, we want to enlist your help--please be patient with us and plan to work with us as we strive toward our goals together. Here are some things you should know:

  • Sound Standards. As you might imagine, there is some science behind noise and what humans can tolerate. Like we've done with our temperature guidelines, we're working toward objective noise standards that will help guide us throughout the project. And just like with the heat, some of us are more tolerant than others. Our goal is to please the vast majority of us all of the time.
  • ear plugsEar Plugs. We made ear plugs available during the demolition of the terraces, and they're back! If you are a little more sensitive than most, please feel free to pick up a pair of earplugs at no charge from Building 1, the Human Resource office (Building 3) or the Titan Store.
  • What to Expect. Most of the work in the Center Building will be well within reason, sound-speaking, but it will also be reasonably constant at times. For example, in the chart below, you can see that the constant sound of a freeway generates the same impact as a pneumatic drill:

Typical Sound Levels Measured in the Environment and Industry

Noise Generators
(at a Given Distance
from Source)
A-Weighted 
Sound Level 
in Decibel
Indoor Noise
Environments
Subjective
Impression
140
Civil defense siren (100 feet)130
Jet take-off (200 feet)120Pain threshold
110Rock music concert
Pile driver (100 feet)100very loud
Ambulance siren (100 feet)
90Boiler room
Pneumatic drill (50 feet)80Kitchen with garbage
disposal running
Freeway (100 feet)
Vacuum cleaner (10 feet)70Moderately loud
60Data processing center
Department store
Light traffic (100 feet)50Private business office
Large transformer (200 feet)
40Quiet
Soft whisper (5 feet)30Quiet bedroom
20Recording studio
0Threshold of hearing

Illingworth & Rodkin, Inc., Handbook of Acoustical Measurements and Noise Control, 1988.

  • Quiet Times. We're working with our General Contractor, Lease Crutcher Lewis, to be especially sensitive, as an example, during finals week each term. And of course, we will do our best to be responsive to special situations along the way.
  • Bottom line. We are going to get to the finish line together, and all of us will need to adapt to a somewhat noisier campus soundscape over the life of the project in order to get there.

Shake it Up!

One of the best things about the CLASS project is that it takes a building that's eligible for AARP membership and upgrades its seismic capacity. What's that mean? In engineering-speak, we can attain "collapse prevention" in the event of an earthquake similar to that described in the current Oregon Structural Specialty Code. For all of us non-engineers, that means the Center Building will be a much safer place to find ourselves in the event of an earthquake.

architect rendering of center building exterior

This does add some complexity to the work in the building. In several instances, particular offices or other spaces are targets for shear wall construction that will help the building to stand steady in the event of lateral movement. In these specific cases, we'll have to move folks out temporarily so we can construct these before returning the new and improved spaces to their occupants.

Shower the People

Another upgrade to the building is that we'll have fire sprinkler coverage throughout--including the former basement and the 4th floor as well as the main project areas on levels 1, 2 and 3.
This is going to be one incredibly safe building!

Upstairs, Downstairs

As part of the building upgrade, there will be an additional elevator installed next to a new set of interior stairs where the exterior staircase now lives, near the entrance to the soon-to-be-new Titan Store.

Eyes on the Prize

Noise ... dust ... inconvenience ... displacement. If you've ever done any major remodeling in your home, you know what a drag it can be, day after day, week after week ... until that moment when the contractor packs up, the bills are paid and life is suddenly way better. Almost immediately, you can't even imagine that you ever lived without that new and improved space.

Let's circle the wagons, commit to kindness and collaboration, and prepare ourselves for the temporary pain that will soon enough be replaced by permanent gain.

The CLASS project, and a brand new Center Building is coming!


The CLASS Update – Week of June 5

Groundbreaking ceremony Monday June 16, 10 a.m. Start in boardroom, then proceed to the plaza area for the ceremonial part of the project.

A Dream on the Threshold

We have a dream.

Here on the Lane campus, the Center Building, initially envisioned as the very heart of a learning community half a century ago, has been reimagined as a reinvigorated and vibrant new hub for this new century, this next chapter in our shared life.

Light already penetrates into formerly dark nooks and crannies as a result of the terraces recently removed. But there is much more to come: Quiet study spaces, collaborative conference spaces, ample social and dining spaces – places to learn, places to gather, places to dine, places to simply be. Yours, mine and our spaces.

We have a dream.

But in between this aspiration and the eventual transformation lies a season of perspiration. Between now and the project's end in the fall of 2015, there's a lot of work and a little bit of agony for us all to endure. We promise it will be worth it, but let's run down what you can expect.

Here's the scoop:

The Big Picture

First, here's the schedule from 30,000 feet, just to help us gain some perspective—just remember that these dates don't always include the time needed for early work activities and prep work by subcontractors:

  • We are already working on "Level 0—the floor formerly known as the Basement". Trust us: by the time we're done, that dark and dreary word will no longer fit the open, airy spaces that will house several "mission critical" campus groups—including key student groups like OSPIRG, the No Cash Clothing Stash, the Rainy Day Pantry, the Torch and Denali.
  • Work on the new Titan Store near the southwest corner of the Center Building has just begun and will continue through 2014, opening in its new location for next winter term!
  • We move inside the building and start renovating the South End of the Second and Third Floors from about September 2014 through March 2015.
  • Work to renovate the North End of the Second and Third Floors runs from December 2014 through August 2015.
  • And the First Floor, including Food Services, gets its "extreme makeover" from approximately May 2015 through September 2015.
  • Please note there will be exploratory and preparation work, including select demolition, throughout the first, second and third floors beginning as early as this August. So if you work in an impacted area, we may have given you earlier dates.

Essential Services

  • Here's one of the most exciting announcements you'll hear about the CLASS project: sometime early this fall term, the old, awful restrooms at the northwest end of the cafeteria will be no more, replaced by new and improved and accessible restrooms!
  • Library: Library services and all of the librarians will be in a temporary home by the end of this summer in Building 18. The reference materials that are most often accessed will be there, too. The library stacks will remain in the old library, and the staff will still be able to provide you with what you need.
  • The Titan Store: The Titan Store will remain open through their transformation and move into their brand new location on the ground floor near the southwest corner of the Center Building by winter term.
  • Food Services: Food services will continue to operate throughout the project. The cafeteria will remain open this summer, Monday through Thursday, all morning long till just after the lunch hour. Things will begin changing rapidly fall term, but great food will always be available!

Construction Schedule Overview - as of Jan. 2014

You're always welcome to ask questions or express your concerns during the course of the project. Feel free to email CLASSProject@lanecc.edu or leave a voice message at (541) 946-3868. Urgent construction-related issues should be routed to the Facilities Management and Planning office at (541) 463-5216; and as always, emergency matters only should be reported to Public Safety at (541) 463-5555.

For additional information about the bond, contact Lane's Bond Project Managers.

If you have comments, questions or feedback concerning Lane's Bond, please email bond@lanecc.edu.