Clover Park Technical College will unveil the $2.4 million renovation of its nearly 40-year-old library during an open house this week.
According to school officials, the project was funded using proceeds from a land sale to the Clover Park School District. Instead of building a new structure, administrators decided to redesign and renovate the nearly 23,000 square foot building, formerly known as Building 15, into the Learning Resource Center, which houses a large technology commons, group and individual study rooms, eLearning staff offices, tutoring offices, instructional lab, and library. The building’s renovation did not increase the footprint of the building, but rather made efficient use of the entire space. The renovation began in May and took seven months to complete.
“The college used the existing building and reinvested funds to create a space that will serve more students, provide more resources, and use technology to assist our students with achieving success,” said Amy Goings, vice president for operations and college relations at Clover Park Technical College.
The funds for the project included a $700,000 minor works project allocation from state capital funds and the proceeds from the sale of property to the Clover Park School District. That property is now being developed as the site of Harrison Preparatory School and an associated elementary school that will replace Oakwood and South Gate Elementary Schools in Lakewood. When complete that property will share facilities and resources with Clover Park Technical College.
“The library has gone from a caterpillar to a butterfly in seven months,” said Elaine Holster, librarian at Clover Park Technical College. “The space is now clean, modern, functional and student-friendly. The students gained study space, comfort and a one-stop location for instructional services for tutoring and e-Learning.”
The new building will be unveiled during an open house on Weds., Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Lakewood Campus of Clover Park Technical College.
More information is available online at cptc.edu.