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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 20, 2011 

MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Contact:         Jim Mastin, Director of Public Information & Auxiliary Services



Mendocino College Groundbreaking  Announced For New Lake Center


The Mendocino College Board of Trustees recently approved Wright Contracting of Santa Rosa as the low bidder for construction of the new Lake Center.


The new college campus will be located on 31 acres at 2565 Parallel Drive in Lakeport, approximately one mile south of the current college center.  According to Mark Rawitsch, Dean of the Lake Center, “Construction will begin immediately so we can take advantage of any remaining good weather”.

Phase one plans call for buildings totaling approximately 15,000 sq. ft. which will include a central administrative building housing admissions, counseling, learning resources, meeting and gathering spaces, and a classroom configured to allow for community activities.  Two other buildings included are the general classroom complex with five classrooms and a computer lab. Another classroom building will include teaching laboratories for science, music and art. All spaces are focused around a central student plaza area which takes advantage of the natural features of the site with views of the oak grove, adjacent hills and Mt. Konocti.  Easy accessibility to the new site is from both the Lakeport Boulevard off-ramp to the north and the intersection at Highway 175 to the south. This first phase is expected to be completed by December of 2012.


The project is made possible by the passage of Measure W, a local bond measure which was passed in 2006 by the voters in Lake and Mendocino counties. Construction costs are estimated at approximately $10 million. Mike Adams directs the Measure W bond projects and has high praise for Wright Contracting, stating that “They have been in business for 57 years, have an outstanding reputation and have completed five other projects for Mendocino College”. Those projects include the Vocational/Technical and Physical Education buildings, Gymnasium, Athletic Field and the Visual and Performing Arts Center, all on the Ukiah Campus.


The newly formed Lake County Friends of Mendocino College, an affiliate organization of the Mendocino College Foundation, has partnered with Mendocino College to host a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.   College staff, representatives of Wright Contracting and TLCD Architecture will be on hand at the ceremony and the public is invited to attend and hear more about this long awaited project.  For more information about the Lake Center Groundbreaking Ceremony, please contact the Mendocino College Foundation at 707-467-1018.



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