EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene institution was commemorated Friday. Lane Community College staff celebrated its transition in the new downtown campus.
For several staff members, this was the first time they got a good look at the inside of the innovative LEED Platinum certified teaching facility. Staff helped bring a piece of 1970s carpet from the old downtown branch on Willamette Street to the new building a few blocks away. The rug was put in a time capsule and buried with other mementos.
The event was held to not only save a piece of history but symbolize the need to upgrade the learning facility.
“A 70-year-old building that although we tried to do what we could to make it a good learning environment, it simply wasn’t what we needed for our students. We had the opportunity here to build a new 21st century building to match the needs of our 21st century students,” said Mary Spilde, LCC President.
Students entered the building for the first time to register for winter term, which began Monday. The downtown campus grand opening will be held on March 15.