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College of Marin to Break Ground on New Fine Arts Building

It will be the first new building at the Kentfield Campus since 1973

Kentfield, Calif., June 18, 2009—College of Marin will break ground on its new Fine Arts Building on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. The groundbreaking will take place on the lawn area in front of the Theater at the Kentfield campus located at 835 College Ave. and is open to the public, free of charge. Light refreshments will be served.
The new Fine Arts Building is the first building to be constructed at the Kentfield campus since the Library/Learning Resources Center was completed in 1973.  It will cost about $13.4 million to build. The Fine Arts Building will house all visual/fine arts classes taught at Kentfield, including ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, drawing and painting, and art history. This is the third major building project underway since Marin County voters supported Measure C in the November 2004 election. The $249.5 million bond for facilities maintenance, job training, and safety passed with more than 60 percent of the vote, easily surpassing the required 55 percent. Construction is expected to be visibly underway by the end of this July and is expected to take approximately two years to complete. The area surrounding the building will include several special features such as: an art court tying the new Fine Arts Building to the existing arts building; a drop-off zone for faculty, staff, and students transporting portfolios and equipment to and from class; and environmentally sound landscaping.

New Fine Arts BuildingThis building is expected to earn at least LEED “Silver” certification from the U. S. Green Building Council.  Special features of the building will include

  • Almost 50 percent reduction in water usage, resulting from waterless urinals, dual flush toilets, ultra low flow lavatories, and low flow kitchen faucets
  • East-west building orientation, which will optimize light and heat controls, while providing fabulous views of Mt. Tam from the upper floors
  • A combined reflective roof and green (planted) roof system, which will reduce excess heat within the building
  • Excellent indoor air quality, the result of non-toxic building materials and state-of-the-art ventilation systems
Energy-efficient mechanical systems in a building with operable windows – and the building will be connected to the campus’s new geothermal heat exchange system



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