New state-of-the-art academic center for Marin College

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A new Academic Center at College of Marin is expected to be completed in May, with full occupancy by the college in time for the fall semester.

The project, which started in 2013, was designed by TLCD Architecture and Mark Cavagnero Associates. The use of sustainable building practices is concomitant with submission for LEED green-building certification. Scaled back from an original plan for a 77,000-square-foot building, the new center will have approximately 43,000 square feet with 16 general-purpose classrooms, a 100-seat auditorium, and offices for faculty and administration. Cost for the center is about $23 million.

The project was undertaken with concern for and input from the surrounding community, who got involved with decisions the college was making.

The design of the center is intended to blend into the landscape. Four buildings on the campus were removed to make way for the new academic center, although the majority of the trees were preserved. A large oak tree will stand prominently in the new courtyard.

Prominently situated on the corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and College Avenue, the center will provide the campus with a welcoming front door. One of the unique features of the building is the grand atrium space, which will allow for plenty of natural light.

The project will signal the successful completion of the District’s Measure C Bond program, which was approved by local voters in 2004.

To see a video of the project, go to marin.edu/MeasureC/PhotoGallery/NAC.htm,

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