Progress continues on the Mendocino College LLRC, with completion now scheduled for May 2012. Midstate Construction has averaged 40 mechanics onsite daily recently with work proceeding in virtually every corner of the building and all across the site.
The dry winter has allowed work on the site to proceed unabated, with the concrete site walls and flatwork complete. The stage is complete and work is underway on installation of the seating platforms. The favorable weather allowed the exterior work on the building to progress, with the sun shading devices on the south widows now complete and installation of the support system for the cementitious panels underway. The planting trays for the vegetated roof are onsite, with the plants acclimating to the College’s micro climate while the irrigation and other preliminary work is completed to prepare the roof for their installation later in February.
With the access floor in the main library space complete and with interior storefront installation underway, you can get a sense of the space in its final form. The main library space (the “book box” as it has come to be known) is a very powerful space, with a ceiling that slopes to 25 feet at its high point and north-facing clerestory windows balancing daylight in the space with the large windows facing south. Both the north and south windows feature power operators to allow coordinated opening for natural ventilation. The views to the south from the library are truly extraordinary. Off the main library to the east is a balcony overlooking the plaza bounded by the new LLRC and the Lowery Building, which will be converted into a new student services center as soon as the LLRC is complete and occupied.
While the construction work onsite is progressing, the furniture packages for the building have been bid and awarded, with the submittal process well under way. Suzanne Nagorka, our Interior Design Director, has been reviewing the vendor’s submittals and expediting their coordination of power and data requirements in order to ensure that the furniture will arrive and be installed in time for the building’s opening.
The new LLRC will be open to students for the start of classes in the fall of 2012.