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Cathy Summa-Wolfe
, Director
Communications & Community Relations

Grand Opening Celebration for New IVC Building, Dec. 14, 3 p.m.

First New Building to Open at IVC Since 1975

Novato, CA—December 3, 2010—The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration for the new College of Marin Indian Valley Campus (IVC) Main Building will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Tours start at 3 p.m. and the ribbon cutting will begin at 4 p.m. at 1800 Ignacio, Blvd., in Novato, CA. Guests will be treated to tours, refreshments and live music. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

This will be the first entirely new building to be completed as part of the College of Marin’s Measure C Bond facilities modernization program. It is also the first new building at IVC since the campus opened in fall of 1975.

The new Main Building at IVC is the third major facility bond project to be completed by the College of Marin. The newly renovated Transportation Technology Complex at IVC opened last spring and was the second major project completed with bond funds. The first bond project was the refurbished Diamond Physical Education Center, which was completed in fall 2008 at the Kentfield Campus.

The new building incorporates abundant natural lighting and efficient heating and air circulation systems wholly supported by a new geothermal field. The building houses a variety of workforce development programs, including medical and dental assisting, court reporting, and computer technology, among others. A new library and Internet Café will also reside in the building.

IVC has seen steady growth over the past five years. Enrollment has more than doubled since 2005 from about 750 credit students to approximately 1700 credit students today. IVC has recently added several popular new programs, including the Organic Farm and Garden, Solar Technology, Water Management, Medical Simulation Center, and Electric Vehicle Conversion among others. Many of these programs were developed through community partnerships. In addition, hundreds of not-for-credit students enjoy a wide variety of community education and ESL classes at IVC. Growth is expected to continue with the opening of the new building.

The building is eligible for LEED® Certification and was sustainably built to achieve LEED® Gold. The architect for the project was VBN Architects, Oakland. The contractor was DiGiorgio Contracting Co., Novato. The Program Manager/Construction Manager was Swinerton Management & Consulting, San Francisco, CA.

IVC Main Building Grand Opening

A special presentation will be held as part of the event recognizing the efforts of former COM Trustee Harry Moore who was an ardent supporter of IVC and sustainable building practices. Harry Moore was an early champion for sustainability and environmental stewardship in Marin County and he served with distinction on the College of Marin Board of Trustees before he died in 2008. The College of Marin community is honoring Moore’s memory with the installation of a memorial that will include an outdoor geothermal educational display and a commemorative bench. The Harry Moore Memorial will be built from sustainable materials and installed facing the creek adjacent to the new main building at IVC. The memorial has been built with private funds thanks to the generosity of donors. Moore’s widow Callita Moore will commemorate the installation of the memorial at the IVC Ribbon Cutting Celebration.

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