Main campus facelift gets underway
By Sarah Barney
Coming back from break, some students may have noticed the height taken off of the hill in the middle of the downtown LCC campus.
About four feet of soil was removed from the hill, costing about $80,000, and straw was placed over the ground to prevent erosion.
“This is an improvement in form and function; the best that we could do, as the removal of the entire hill is cost prohibitive,” LCC President Brent Knight said.
“We now have more square feet of useable space … than before. More importantly, more people will use the space than in the past.”
The move was made to enable staff and students to move across the hill from the south entrance of the Health and Human Services Building (HHS).
Eventually, stairs will be added to the southeast corner of the hill, near the Guitar Plaza and the entrance of the Gannon Building, and sidewalks will be added across the hill from corner to corner.
“The removal of much of the hill as a visual barrier ties the campus together, makes a more unified space and enables a design which is more similar to a traditional college quad,” Knight said.
Tristan Deniau, a marketing major at LCC, said he felt the hill was an underused space.
“I feel like no one uses that area, they could definitely make it more accessible,” Deniau said. “I do use (the Guitar Plaza) where you can sit down and listen to music, which is cool. I don’t know why people don’t go out there.”
The end of the project is anticipated for the 2020 fall semester. One of the reasons for the length of the project is waiting for better weather.
In addition, the sidewalk must be engineered to comply with the “Americans with Disabilities Act.” Yet another factor is waiting for times when the college is closed.
“When we make a new sidewalk (by the exit of HHS), well, we probably want to do it when the college is closed because we want to close the exit,” Knight explained.
Deniau, who plans to be done with LCC in less than two years, will likely not see the completion of the project.
“I’m not going to be here in 2020 so it won’t affect me, but I feel like it’d be a nice thing to have once it’s here,” Deniau said.