2012-11-07 / School & Sports

College breaks ground on library addition


Participants in the ground-breaking ceremony for BC’s library addition were (L-R) BC President Richard Carvajal, BC Library Director Susan Ralph, BC student Krystal Cato, Regent Doreen Poitevint; Representative Gene Maddox; Representative Darlene Taylor; Representative Jay Powell; Steve DeHekker, Hastings & Chivetta Architects; and Bill Weldon, Allstate Construction Company. Participants in the ground-breaking ceremony for BC’s library addition were (L-R) BC President Richard Carvajal, BC Library Director Susan Ralph, BC student Krystal Cato, Regent Doreen Poitevint; Representative Gene Maddox; Representative Darlene Taylor; Representative Jay Powell; Steve DeHekker, Hastings & Chivetta Architects; and Bill Weldon, Allstate Construction Company. Bainbridge College (BC) celebrated the beginning of construction for the phase one addition to the Bainbridge College main campus library by hosting a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday, October 30th on the east lawn of the campus library. Community leaders took part in the celebration and shared their thoughts and perceptions on the impact of our library addition and of Bainbridge College as a whole on our students and on the citizens of our region.

Community leaders included in the program were Doreen Poitevint, Regent, Second Congressional District, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia; Georgia General Assembly Representatives Gene Maddox, District 172, Darlene Taylor, District 173 and Jay Powell, District 171; Steve DeHekker, Hastings & Chivetta Architects; Bill Weldon, Allstate Construction Company; and Krystal Cato, BC student.

Regent Poitevint related the importance of the library addition to the success of Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative which sets goals for college completion to facilitate an educated work- force to ensure Georgia’s economic competitiveness.

“A key contributor to the success of students in college is the presence of adequate library space and resources that allow students to pursue the studies required for coursework,” Poitevint explained. “Because of that,” she continued, “this project will help us (Bainbridge College) create the highly educated Georgia we all understand is so important to keep every part of this state prosperous and growing.”

“This library addition will truly make a significant difference in the quality of the education that our students receive,” BC President Richard Carvajal added. “The library addition represents a significant achievement in the life of our college.”

The existing library is approximately 10,000 square feet, but industry standards indicate that the library should be approximately 24,000 square feet of library space. This addition, together with a planned Phase 2 addition that is slated for completion within the next five years, will enable BC to have the space necessary to serve the needs students. The Phase 1 addition will include expanded stack space for additional library holdings, two computer labs, an audio/ video production room, a new reference desk, a copy/ workroom for student use, multiple Bainbridge meeting rooms for small group collaboration, and generous areas of open seating space for quiet study.

Krystal Cato, a BC student, served as the student representative on the space use committee which helped develop the plans for the new library addition. “This library expansion is only the beginning of a mighty metamorphosis Bainbridge College has undertaken in order to meet the needs of our community and future students just like me”, she explained.

Because she was included in the decision making process, Cato said that when she graduates and returns to Bainbridge College in the future, she will be able to tell her son with pride “that his Mom belonged to a school that respects, honors and listens to the students’ voices.”

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