Student center at Cañada opens doors

The long-awaited Student Resource Center at Cañada College, which will be the largest building on campus, will formally open today for the fall semester and consolidate student services under one roof.

The school, which has a student body of about 6,500, will unveil the 71,000-square-foot, $34 million facility in a ribbon-cutting today. The building will house the learning center, admissions office and the library, which were previously located in opposite areas of campus.

The building, which features more than 400 new computers, was in part funded by Measure C, a $207 million general obligation bond approved by voters in 2001.

“It’s been way better for the staff and students. Everything is convenient,” said Taku Cortez, 23, of Redwood City, who is studying human services. She said the old library had a reputation for repelling students. “You didn’t feel comfortable. It was kind of scary. It was kind of far and dark and it was its own little cave.”

Cañada College President Tom Mohr agreed that the old library was not suitable.

“It was more like a dungeon,” he said. “It was way out of the way. It wasn’t large enough and it wasn’t used as much as it should have been.”

The building is coupled with a new quad that features a sculpture by the artist Deborah Butterfield.

“Before, there was nothing there. We have sun 300 days out of the year and now there’s a little grass area where students can go to hang out,” Cañada spokesman Robert Hood said.

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