Student Center, Transit Center Projects Underway
July 21, 2021 - 11:10 AM
Mt. San Antonio College on July 14 celebrated the groundbreaking of two major campus projects that will serve students and the community for years to come.
The projects – a Student Center and a Transit Center – are among some of the largest the college has undertaken and will dramatically transform the look of the campus. Mt. SAC board members, students, staff, Foothill Transit representatives, and elected officials gathered in person to mark the special occasion.
“We reopened our campus this month, and now we’re celebrating the groundbreaking of a new Student Center and Transit Center,” said College President Dr. Bill Scroggins. “It’s great to be able to celebrate so much given the challenges all of us have faced in the last year.”
Construction actually started last summer on the college’s 100,000-square-foot Student Center, which replaces the original building built in 1953. The new building will have three floors and have ample space for students to study, hang out and eat. The first floor will have a convenience store and an increased number of spaces for students to study either individually or in groups. The second floor of the center will feature a multi-cultural center, a student club kitchen and an updated room for student government to hold its meetings. The long-awaited building will also provide much-needed event space and conference rooms. The facility will be available for the community to use as well. Construction of the Student Center is funded by Measure GO, approved by voters in November 2018. The new building is set to open in 2023.
The Transit Center will have 10 bus bays located around a central plaza and will allow for pedestrian loading and unloading, and increased accessibility for students, staff and community members. Construction of the Transit Center will include a pedestrian bridge that will link Mt. SAC’s north and south campuses. Also planned are improvements to Temple Avenue, including a traffic signal at the existing driveway on Temple Avenue just east of the Technology Center. The college is providing the space for the center while Foothill Transit is funding the project.
"The Mt. SAC Transit Center is a hub for opportunity," said Cynthia Sternquist, chair of Foothill Transit's executive board. "This kind of direct campus access to public transit provides a strong path for the advancement of our communities, and gives all students a new way to move ahead."
“I’m proud that we’re doing our part to improve public transit, and reduce our carbon emissions,” Mt. SAC Board President Jay Chen said. “These projects are investments in our students, our future workforce, and our community. We will see benefits for generations to come.”
For more information on Mt. SAC construction projects, visit mtsac.edu/construction.