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New Campus Center on way

By on January 3, 2020

first_imgSophomore Kim Ramirez, 20, said the impact of construction work isn’t much of an issue inside the classroom, but she feels it most when she’s in her car. “It’s a little hard because there is a lot more traffic,” Ramirez said, especially with additional construction work that’s already limiting motorists to one lane in each direction on Painter Avenue between Whittier Boulevard and Hadley Street. “If you’re late for class, it can really screw you up,” she said. “And parking is first-come, first-serve. You can only get a good spot if you come early.” This year, there are about 1,300 undergraduates attending the private, liberal arts college, 800 of whom live on campus. Over the summer, renovations also took place at two student residence halls, Legoza said. “We’re also in the beginning stages of planning for the science building, but that’s truly a ways out there,” Legoza said. And while the current construction work does pose some challenges for students, Ramirez said many are still just trying to establish a school routine for the new year. “Everything’s a little crazy now,” she added, “but once a little time goes by, we’ll all get used to it.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Although traffic is heavy and parking can be a challenge, Whittier College students and officials say the inconvenience of construction work should be well worth it when a new $18.5 million Campus Center is unveiled next summer. “Basically, yes, we’ve started construction and the goal is to finish in June,” said Jan Legoza, the college’s vice president for finance and administration. “We hoped we might be done earlier,” she said, “but unfortunately, it will take this long to finish.” The Campus Center project calls for the modernization of the Campus Inn, a two-story, 37,000-square-foot facility on the southwest end of campus that housed a dining hall, bookstore, cafe, student life and student government offices, and a student lounge. That building – visible to those traveling on Painter Avenue – has now been gutted, and the nearby Faculty Center has been demolished to make way for a new multipurpose room, officials said. The Faculty Center will be rebuilt in a nearby location, and an additional 20,000-square-foot wing will be added to the Campus Inn building. When it’s all said and done, the new Campus Center will have everything the Campus Inn had, along with additional rooms for entertaining, a copying center and a small amphitheater, officials said. “The reaction has been fairly positive,” Legoza said. “It looks like things are going according to plan right now.” In the meantime, the campus dining area has been moved to a parking lot just east of the science building, in a temporary “sprung” structure that also houses the bookstore. last_img read more

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