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Ready, Set, Build

Christine Stanley
Sierra Sun
Sun file artThe first phase of construction of Sierra College Truckee campus, as seen in this conceptual illustration, will include a road, Campus Trail, from Highway 89 south to the east side of the property.
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Just six weeks remain until the ground breaking for a new Sierra College campus in Truckee, and all is moving according to plan.

The Sierra Community College District Board of Trustees met in March to name the campus’ access road as Campus Trail, and planners say they are confident traffic on Highway 89 south will not be greatly impacted by the road’s use.

“We’re going to have trucks bringing equipment in there, but I would imagine that the amount of traffic will be minimal until the campus is open,” said Paul Disario, the district’s facilities director.

Disario also said motorists should only expect delays of less than one minute when the campus is in session because classes will run during off-peak hours.

Few changes have been made to the campus building plan, with the exception of a bike trail from the campus to Brickelltown that has been subject to some debate because of its grade, Disario said.

“One of the issues was making it as least steep as possible and I think that we have come out with a good plan,” Disario said, noting the trail might not be especially comfortable for inexperienced bike riders.

Otherwise, the physical structure and academic plan for the $35 million campus has not changed.

“We’ll move in with our general education program ” our transferable program ” and we’ve been writing on our sustainablity program, but it depends on how things evolve with that. I don’t know if we are going to have every thing ready to roll,” said Dean Rick Rantz.

“And once we get into the new facilities, we will start working with the hospital to offer a lot of the basic courses needed to transfer into a basic nursing program.”

A ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for May 8, but construction is likely to begin a week earlier, on May 1. Classes are not scheduled to begin until the spring semester of 2009.


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