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Construction work reaches halfway point

Ohlone Newark campus construction half done Newark dean, vice president optimistic after rough start

By Angela Woodall, Staff writer.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

NEWARK—Ohlone College's Newark campus construction has reached the halfway point with a finish date of January 2008, a sweet milestone for the school's dean, Leta Stagnaro.

"It's really now becoming something rather than just pieces. It's being connected," Stagnaro said.

"The building is developing its own spirit."

Although the project can be overwhelming at times, being a part of it is a great learning opportunity, Stagnaro said. The college's focus on environmentalism will set a model for other colleges, she added.

For example, instead of Fiberglas, the insulation between the walls is made of processed, recycled blue jeans.

The college has overcome problems that have cropped up since construction of the $107 million campus began in June 2005—including skyrocketing building costs and a prolonged rainy season that caused delays.

The college needs to raise $10 million for equipment and furniture. So far, it has received a $2.5 million matching grant.

But the future is looking smoother, said Ohlone College Vice President Deanna Walston.

Arriving at the halfway point is a relief because there are fewer surprises in the later stages of building, she said.

"We're hoping we will have fewer issues as we go forward."

Staff writer Angela Woodall can be reached at (510) 353-7004 or at awoodall@angnewspapers.com.

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