Measure E project will add corners to campus rotunda

By Austen Thibault, The Union Democrat June 10, 2014 11:30 am

Mitch Willingham (front left) and Jay Hart, both from J. Hart Plumbing in Sonora, work on what will be the restrooms at the Manzanita Building on the Columbia College campus. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Columbia College is undergoing some major renovations that impact day-to-day operation, as it nears the end of its Measure E bond projects. 

Work  began Monday on repaving the student parking lot. 

The college’s major student service and administration building at the center of the campus, Manzanita, had its entire top floor gutted this spring and will undergo a complete rebuild through next summer. 

The work is all part of the $326 million Measure E bond passed in 2004 for the Yosemite Community College District. The district covers Columbia and Modesto Junior College, which got proportionally more money for its size and student population. 

Columbia’s share of the bond money was about $52.5 million, most of which has been spent. The college completed the brand new $17.9 million Science and Natural Resources building, Sugarpine, in 2011 and the $8.9 million Child Development Center in 2010, as well as several other renovations of existing buildings and roads. 

The student parking lot is up next week, which will not see major change, mostly just repaving and adding disabled parking spots and a few minor additions. 

The parking lot will actually lose about 10 regular parking spots in exchange for about 10 handicap access spots, according to Ron Martin, project manager with Kitchell Capital Expenditure Managers, which is overseeing Columbia’s bond work. 

Martin described the $1 million parking lot job as mostly road maintenance and bringing the lot up to state code, which is why more handicap access spots must be added. 


 For the complete story, see the June 10, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.