COM Board of Trustees Approves Updated Bond Spending Plan
New Academic Center, Track Restoration and Other Projects Included
Kentfield, CA—March 16, 2011—The College of Marin Board of Trustees carefully considered a variety of options over many months before approving an updated bond spending plan at last night's monthly meeting. The vote was six in favor, one opposed, and the student trustee also in favor.
"We have extended our work with community groups to respond to their ideas and concerns and get specific feedback on proposed plans," said Diana Conti president of the Board of Trustees.
When a project is added to the bond spending plan and when the project scope is modified significantly board approval is needed before the modernization team begins work.
"This is great news for the college and for the community. This plan will allow us to move forward in completing the next phase of our facilities modernization program," said Dr. David Wain Coon, College of Marin superintendent/president.
The updated bond spending plan includes building a New Academic Center at the Kentfield Campus on the corner of College Ave. and Sir Francis Drake Blvd. The new center will be approximately 43,000 square feet with 16 general purpose classrooms and will cost about $30 million. At its April 2010 meeting, the Board of Trustees selected TLCD Architecture with Mill Valley resident and award-winning Architect Mark Cavagnero & Associates to design the project.
The plan also includes track renovations not to exceed $1.25 million, a child development/study center to be built using a cost-effective modular design estimated at $3.53 million, ADA upgrades, the retention of the Austin Science Center, and removal of all portable buildings at the Kentfield Campus.