Site Preparation Begins Next Week for New Academic Center
Administrative Offices, Faculty Offices, and Classrooms Will Move to Austin Center
Kentfield, CA—April 4, 2013—Site preparation for College of Marin’s New Academic Center will begin next week. Many administrative and faculty offices, including the Superintendent/President’s Offices, will be moved from Harlan Center and the old Administrative Center to swing space primarily located in the old Austin Science Building. Some offices, including the Child Study Center and Human Resources will move later this spring.
The site preparation will continue through summer 2013 and will entail large-scale demolition of obsolete buildings, including Olney Hall, Harlan Center and the Administrative Center; and removal of shrubs and some trees. Considerable effort has been made to preserve or transplant as many healthy trees as possible, with particular emphasis on several large native specimens. There are no Redwoods proposed for removal as a part of this project. Diseased trees and those with structural issues will be removed. Among new plantings planned for the project, roughly half will be natives, with the ornamental selections concentrated along College Boulevard. The final landscape will include planting 26 new trees, including eight redwoods.
A new 43,000 square foot Academic Center will be built on the site at the corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and College Ave. It will house 16 general purpose classrooms and will cost about $23 million. At its April 2010 meeting, the Board of Trustees selected TLCD Architecture with the award-winning firm of Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects to design the project.