Work crews are putting the finishing touches to the two lecture halls at Lamar Community College. According to Sean Lirley, Director of Facilities Management, The Bowman building construction was completed in 1968. This is the first renovation/improvement of the halls since that year.
Working with a grant of $642,815, the renovations including removal of all asbestos from the floor and ceiling tiles, a completely new lighting system and more spacious and comfortable seats. Lirley said a few seats were sacrificed to accommodate a larger sized model. He noted the lighting system has been improved considerably and features a computer system which can automatically time when lights can be controlled at points of the day. They can also be controlled to a percentage of brightness, depending on the requirements of the lecture hall. The Small Lecture Hall has fixed seating for 58 persons, while the Large Hall has fixed seating for 141.
Plans had been underway for the renovations for about two years and once funding had been secured, work began in October of last year and the project is expected to be completed in just a few weeks, on April 17th. LCC President, Dr. Linda Lujan, informed the Lamar City Council, that a community open house will be held towards the end of summer, before the new fall semester begins.
Although the architect, mechanical and electrical engineers were out of Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Lirley said that the majority of hands-on construction was local; using MonCor LLC as the general contractor with work done by Maggart & Sons, Electra Pro and Cook’s Floor and Wall.
By Russ Baldwin
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