Brandon Whit, Architecture Major, is a member of the student senate, whose legislation brought attention to needed changes on campus. Photo by Bryan Mangier
RSC administrators are seeking improvements to the college through the Campus Advancement Plan, or CAP for short.
When students visit the LRC they will have noticed that the offices for the Testing Center, Students with Disabilities, and the Student Tutoring are crammed into a small section of the building. With $7 million of the proposed $22 million, the LRC will expand to accommodate not only new offices, but also new spaces for students to read in a quiet and comfortable environment.
“It is simply not built to accommodate the traffic,” Dr. Terry Britton, RSC president said. “And the archives section, where we are trying to build the history of RSC, is too small, and does not have the appropriate heat and air to keep the archives safe.”
The Aquatic Center is also in need of repair, according to Britton. “Pools, once they get old, you can’t fix it and the machinery parts are no longer available.”
Of some concern is the roof of the Aquatic Center, which leaks when it rains. Some doors in the Aquatic Center are warped enough that they will not open or close.
Along with these renovations and upgrades, the Student Union will receive a makeover for students to feel more at home. RSC is a commuter college and has no housing or places for students to simply hang out and relax between class periods, according to Britton. So, the plan is to revamp the Student Union and Aquatics Center with $2 million of the $22 million in funds.
Of the $22 million, $5 million will be used to place new fiber optic lines throughout the campus, and upgrade the campus network.
A new sign is to be added on S.E. 15th St., costing $220,000.
$4 million in funds will cover basic maintenance of facilities throughout campus, with new ceiling tiles, lighting, flooring, and external doors placed in various buildings across campus. The rest of the funds will be similarly used to renovate restrooms and mechanical instruments in the Health and Environmental Science Building.
The 2005 bond issue the college received will be paid off in 2015. The proposed 2013 bond issue will run from 2013 – 2028. More information about the 2013 CAP Bond election can be found on flyers through out campus. Voting on this bond issue will take place March 5th.
For the status of the bond issue, check out our story covering the election here.