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Napa Valley College has a number of building projects in the works thanks to the $133.8 million Measure N bond passed by the community in 2002.

The three main projects under way at the moment are the gym, library and performing arts center. They are all on schedule and still on budget, said Dan TerAvest, director of campus planning and construction.

The life science building, chiller plant, solar field, parking lot work, art classrooms, improved ball field and an upgraded tennis court are completed already.

According to, Mr. TerAvest, the library and the performing arts center are the largest projects to come out of this fund.

The $7.4 million gym is set to be complete Nov. 1. It will be used for adaptive PE and as the Police Academy mat room.

Damien Sandoval, director of the Criminal Justice Training Center said his program will use the facilities for defensive tactics training and gym sessions. Some of the classes will be taught there, which will help the department have a central space.

"We are really excited for it. We are looking forward to getting equipment in and having our inaugural class," he said.

The college broke ground on the project in summer 2008. It is a new two-story facility to house an adaptive physical education program for students with disabilities in addition to the training space for the high-enrollment programs in the Criminal Justice Training Center.

Construction on the new Napa Valley College Library & Learning Resource Center is expected to be complete by spring 2010.  Its total cost is $23.1 million.

"The existing college library is approximately one third the size it should be to support our student body according to state standards," said college spokeswoman Betty Malmgren.

In recognition of the school's need, the state has put forth funds to help match college dollars for construction of the Library & Learning Resource Center.

It will be a state-of-the-art 65,000-square-foot building to better serve students and the community. Designed by TLCD Architecture of Santa Rosa, it will have space to house 80,000 books - double the current collection - and 150 to 200 computer stations, an increase from 25 in the current library.

There will be 450 to 500 readers' seats, an increase from 150. The project also includes bibliographic instruction classrooms and space for distance learning. There will be space for departments such as Diagnostic Learning Services, the Testing and Tutoring Center and other vital support services.

The $31.5 million Performing Arts Center is also set to be completed in spring 2010. The new center will be roughly 47,000 square feet. It will include practice rooms and full theatrical amenities for singers, musicians and thespians alike. There will be separate classroom spaces for voice, orchestra and drama as well as a keyboard classroom, ensemble practice rooms and dedicated space for a scene shop and costume shop.

The main house will seat up to 500 patrons to attend student performances. Additionally, a studio theater will greatly enhance teaching opportunities for the dramatic arts and small performances.

Once these projects are complete and the programs are moved over, the remaining funds from Measure N will be used to modernize the current buildings.

The board set a list of projects from the beginning, and the first modernization effort will be in the nursing department to serve the continually growing program.

Mr. TerAvest said the nursing department has doubled in size, and the school is looking forward to improving the mechanical systems.