A.G. Paul Quadrangle renovation delayed until end of year

Students walking through the A.G. Paul Quadrangle will notice eerie an feel of a ghost town, door fixtures torn out and boarded up and no students in sight. The reconstruction project on the Quad has been delayed a month. Cecilia Wong, executive dean of Technology & Learning Resources commented that administrative activity including accreditation for all three Riverside Community College campuses delayed the bidding process.

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By David Morris & Miranda White

(Ashley Keller)

By David Morris & Miranda White

Students walking through the A.G. Paul Quadrangle will notice eerie an feel of a ghost town, door fixtures torn out and boarded up and no students in sight.

The reconstruction project on the Quad has been delayed a month. Cecilia Wong, executive dean of Technology & Learning Resources commented that administrative activity including accreditation for all three Riverside Community College campuses delayed the bidding process.

She said that the bidding process is now over and reconstruction could start as early as late December but more likely early January, depending on the legal processes and approval by Board of Trustees. The Quad is scheduled for a fall 2007 opening, but according to Wong that is tentative.

“It will take 18 months to two years,” she said.

The redesigned Quad will feature 36 classrooms, 91 faculty offices, an art gallery, lecture hall and labs for the Photoshop and Photo classes. The finished Quad will accommodate 87,288 square feet of classrooms and offices.

According to Wong, the classrooms will feature university standard equipment and furniture comparable to the quality featured in the new Martin Luther King Teaching and Learning Center.

The Quad will be directly connected to the Digital Library Learning and Resource Center to stream video and resource tools to classrooms. The Quad will also be connected to the MLK building and the Administration building for a three way Internet redundancy.Students walking through the A.G. Paul Quadrangle will notice eerie an erriefeel of a ghost town, door fixtures torn out and boarded up and no students in sight.

The reconstruction project on the Quad has been delayed a month. Cecilia Wong, executive dean of Technology & Learning Resources commented that administrative activity including accreditation for all three Riverside Community College campuses delayed the bidding process.

She said that the bidding process is now over and reconstruction could start as early as late December but more likely early January, depending on the legal processes and approval by Board of Trustees. The Quad is scheduled for a fall 2007 opening, but according to Wong that is tentative.

“It will take 18 months to two years,” she said.

The redesigned Quad will feature 36 classrooms, 91 faculty offices, an art gallery, lecture hall and labs for the Photoshop and Photo classes. The finished Quad will accommodate 87,288 square feet of classrooms and offices.

According to Wong, the classrooms will feature university standard equipment and furniture comparable to the quality featured in the new Martin Luther King Teaching and Learning Center.

The Quad will be directly connected to the Digital Library Learning and Resource Center to stream video and resource tools to classrooms. The Quad will also be connected to the MLK building and the Administration building for a three way Internet redundancy.

The Quad is a California Historical Landmark and RCC will take that into consideration during the reconstruction. Areas such as the north-east corner of the Quad which isn’t part of the original construction will be taken out and consideration for the clock tower with a Mission/Spanish design is underway.

According to Robert Gurrola, director of Facilities, Facilities and Planning and Projects, the original design of 1923 included a clock tower but was not built because of cost. Today it would cost $567,000. It was rejected by the Strategic Planning Committee and will be taken to the Board of Trustees meeting in November.

The Quad is a California Historical Landmark and RCC will take that into consideration during the reconstruction. Areas such as the north-east corner of the Quad which isn’t part of the original construction will be taken out and consideration for the clock tower with a Mission/Spanish design is underway.

According to Robert Gurrola, director of Facilities, Planning and Projects, the original design of 1923 included a clock tower but was not built because of cost. Today it would cost $567,000. It was rejected by the Strategic Planning Committee and will be taken to the Board of Trustees meeting in November.

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