(Marietta, Ga. – August 8, 2013) Construction continues on the newest update to Chattahoochee Technical College’s North Metro Campus – the library. Scheduled to open later in the Fall Semester, the 5,277 square foot facility will be more than double the size of the original library that opened in 1989.
“When this campus and its original buildings were designed, we were looking at serving a much smaller student population,” explained Chattahoochee Technical College Vice President for Facilities David Simmons. “The needs are different now and this renovation and construction will address that.”
Construction consists of an addition to the existing 2,400 square feet of library space, plus a mezzanine study area. The final design also includes a circulation desk, librarian office, workroom, computer carrels and two study rooms for small groups. The renovations are expected to allow a doubling of the number of computers and study space available originally. The $834,271 contract for the project went to Prime Construction.
“The most interesting feature is that it will feature a mezzanine or loft for students to use for reading, studying, or working on group projects with classmates,” Chattahoochee Technical College Director for Libraries Barbe Moore said. “While the building is only one story, the angled ceiling design is allowing the space to be built out as a mezzanine area.”
Renovations are also underway at several of Chattahoochee Technical College’s campuses, including updating lab spaces for Building and Facilities Maintenance Technology and Environmental Technology at the Marietta and North Metro campuses. Building and Facilities Maintenance Technology will now have lab space to offer basic plumbing instruction as a part of its diploma program, while the Environmental Technology Program will be growing into its new lab space that will provide better surroundings for testing water and other activities associated with the program.
Major renovations are also starting at the college’s Woodstock Campus to roof, HVAC system, windows and updating the facility’s restroom and plumbing. Located in the former home of Woodstock Elementary School, the main building was constructed early in the 20th century and still maintains many of the architectural details from that time. It first became a part of the technical college when it opened for classes in 2004 under Appalachian Technical College before the 2009 merger that brought the college together with Chattahoochee Technical College. The project will keep the Woodstock Campus closed temporarily until after the expected completion in the Fall Semester of 2014.
“These updates and additions are necessary to continue providing the best environment and education to students,” said Simmons. “The work places of this community are continually changing and requiring that we meet those changes with updates to facilities and technology for the future workforce.”