Wednesday, February 8, 2017
|Shoreline Community College library|
remodel adds 8,500 sq ft of space
Photo courtesy SCC
Students benefit from Library and Learning Center remodel
More than 8,500 square feet of additional space was made available for Shoreline Community College students during a recent remodel of the Ray W. Howard Library and Learning Centers (Building 4000). The campus community gathered for a grand reopening celebration on January 18, 2017, where they enjoyed tours of the new academic learning space.
With construction spanning the latter half of 2016, the improvements came out of a master planning effort that included student, staff, and faculty input. The goal of the project was to provide more student-centered learning space with better access to librarians, centralized tutoring services, and state-of-the-art-technology.
The building now consolidates the Library, the Biology and Chemistry Learning Center, the Math Learning Center, Tutoring Services, the Writing and Learning Studio into one cohesive space, complemented with study areas and computer labs.
“This will truly be the campus center for academic support,” said President Roberts. “The remodeled space is a wonderful place for students to research, engage with their learning, and succeed in their studies. I’m enormously excited for us all.”
Building improvements include new doors to welcome students, open seating, maximum natural light, centralized services, and a grand central “Ask” Desk that will serve students’ library and research needs.
In addition to the interior remodel, the outside of the building features new signage and an expanded courtyard with covered benches. The approach to the building was leveled to ensure ADA compliance, and a brushed finish was added to the concrete to help with traction on rainy days.
Funds for the project came from the state, which contributed $750,000, and the College’s capital reserve fund. Sustainable and recycled products such as carpeting, paint, counter tops, baseboards, and acrylic panels were used for many of the remodeled areas and new features.
Learn more about services the Ray W. Howard Library has to offer here.
Shoreline Community College
Founded in 1964 with leadership from the Shoreline School District and on land acquired with the help from the Boeing family, Shoreline Community College offers more than 100 excellent academic and professional/technical programs.
The University of Washington is the top university destination for Shoreline transfer students and, on average, they perform as well as or better than students who start at the UW. The professional / technical programs at Shoreline are closely tied to industry and graduates gain the skills that help them quickly find employment in their chosen field.
Graduates in programs such as Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Automotive Technology, Biotechnology, and many others are in high demand.