College campus design nearing final changes |

College campus design nearing final changes

Lionakis Beaumont Design GroupAn artistic rendering of the common area at the Sierra College campus in Truckee.

Rising construction costs have downsized plans for the first phase of the new Truckee Tahoe Sierra College campus. But while the design is nearing completion, architects are still asking for feedback.

Artistic renderings shown of the campus at a community meeting Monday now feature a 28,000-square-foot campus; a shrunken version of the original 36,000-square-foot building, with classrooms, laboratories, offices and communal space.

The first phase of the campus, for which construction will start next May, will be barely visible from local roadways and will be located on a plot that minimizes clear-cutting.

Some attendees at Monday night’s community design meeting expressed concern over such issues as the lack of light exposure on some outdoor public spaces, the use of cultured stone on the building’s exterior and sprawling parking lots.

More popular was the building’s interior, which will incorporate complementary neutral earth tones with varied materials, furniture fabrics and large windows.

“The new design has a mountain flavor; wonderful lighting, lots of space, nice flow,” said Pam McAdoo, an art instructor at the Sierra College Tahoe Truckee Center.

If all goes according to plan, the Truckee campus will open its doors to students in 2009. There is also a second phase in the campus’s future that includes an additional amphitheater, housing for students and staff and a performing arts center, but building those elements will depend on enrollment trends and funding, and will likely not come into play for another decade.

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