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College Hosts Ribbon-Cuttings, Groundbreakings for New Projects

Board of Trustees cutting ribbon in front of Lot R

June 23, 2021 - 02:39 PM

The college recently celebrated long-delayed ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking ceremonies for several new projects on the south side of Mt. SAC’s campus.

A ribbon-cutting and official opening of the Athletics Complex East, including the new Hilmer Lodge Stadium, was held June 11, just a few hours before students, staff and guests arrived to participate in the college’s 75th graduation ceremonies. The new stadium features a natural turf infield, state-of-the-art track, and press box. It also has a new Field House and 60,000 square feet of teaching space. The complex features a practice field and tennis courts, which sit atop one of the college’s first parking structures: the Champion Parking Structure, also known as Lot of COC board members

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Gymnasium/Wellness Center, Aquatics Complex, and Heritage Hall, and another new parking structure, that will be known as the Gateway Parking Structure (Lot S). The Gateway Parking Structure will have 829 spaces and is scheduled to be open in time for the Fall semester in August.

The event, which was limited in attendance due to COVID-19 protocols, was attended by members of the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees, members of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee, Walnut City Council, and representatives of the buildings’ occupants.

Board, COC in dirt with shovels

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