Coast Mountain College has completed extensive renovations to its library located in the basement of the Spruce Building, its main administrative structure.
Called Waap Sa’mn, the space includes an Indigenous Reading Circle, learning and work spaces for students, and administrative offices. The design was informed by the college’s First Nations Council, students and staff.
“The renovated library gives students a comfortable, welcoming and modern space to study in,” said Nicole Halbauer, CMTN board chair, in a media release.
The library reopened earlier this month, and was publicly announced at an Oct. 14 an event at the Terrace campus which also marked the opening of new student housing at CMTN.
Advanced education and skills training minister Anne Kang was in attendance alongside interim college president Laurie Waye and college board chair Nicole Halbauer.
The Spruce Building dates back to the 1970s and is the college’s main instructional and administrative building. In Aug. 2018, the library flooded when a toilet overflowed over the course of one night. No materials from the library’s book collection or other resources were lost in the flood.
After the flood, Coast Mountain College created a pop-up library space in its new trades structure called the Cedar Building. Some students have voiced concerns about the space not being able to meet their needs regarding the amount of quiet space and resources available.
The renovations to the Spruce Building are split into two phases, with the library (phase one) now complete at a cost of $4.4-million, however much of the library’s collection is still in storage and has not been moved yet.
Phase two carries a price tag of $9-million and includes renovations to the top two floors of the building and a new entryway. Both phases are being funded by the provincial government.
Michael Doyle, vice president of corporate services at CMTN said on Oct. 14 that phase two of the project is on track to be completed during the fall of 2022.