Campus IMPROVEMENTS

FY11 Marked all of the Busiest
Construction Cycles in College History

Campus construction advanced at a record pace during FY11 as five major projects were either completed or were well under way with several smaller projects in what was likely the busiest construction cycle in the college’s history.

Mt. SAC celebrated the opening of its Agricultural Sciences Building at a public dedication ceremony held on May 6. The $25.2- million two-story structure affords 41,875 square feet for the horticulture, animal science, and registered veterinary technology programs. It features a state-of-the-art veterinary lab and hospital, classrooms and conference rooms, a kennel, and administrative and faculty offices. The building was the centerpiece of the campus’ 52,000-square-foot, three-building Agricultural Sciences Complex.

Construction continued on the 62,837-squarefoot Design Technology Center, the final project funded through Mt. SAC’s 2001 Measure R facilities bond. The $24.4-million building includes classrooms and a 400-seat assembly space. The center will consolidate computerbased design programs such as animation, architecture, graphic arts, photography, and geographic information systems. Slated for completion in spring 2012, the center will be open for classes in time for the fall semester.

Significant progress was made on the Early Childhood Education Center construction which is now 40% completed. The 33,800-square-foot, four building complex is both an instructional and service facility that will house child development program classrooms, labs, and observation spaces, as well as the facilities required to provide child care services for up to 162 children. The $18.5-million center is the first project to be funded by the college’s $353-million Measure RR bond (2008), and is slated for move-in next fall.

Other projects nearing completion as of this report include two renovations: the $14.4-million Administration Building renovation and the $4.6-million Kinesiology & Athletics Division Office renovation. The Administration project is a complete redesign of the original 1960s building, which will house administrative operations, printing services, and classrooms. The Athletics Field House project, which includes seismic upgrades, will house administrative offices and instructional spaces. Both projects are scheduled for completion and move-in in late 2011.

Going forward, Mt. SAC is revamping its Facilities Master Plan, which entails refining and prioritizing future construction projects through 2025. Concurrently, the college is proceeding with design and planning for several projects, including a new emergency operation center, a food services facility, a student support services annex, and a remodel of the old Agricultural Sciences building.

Gary Nellesen

Gary Nellesen

Director, Facilities
Planning & Management

 

 
 
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