Main, South Valley Campus buildings to get updates

By: Daniel Johnson, Staff Reporter | Photo By: Scott M. Roberts

The L-Building on Main Campus and the main building on South Valley Campus will receive $10.5 million for reno­vations thanks to the passage of Bond C, said Vice President of Finance and Operations Katherine Ulibarri.

The L-Building, which houses the science lab classes, will receive a larger percentage of the funding to update the heating, cooling and ventilation systems, she said.

“The students deserve a comfortable working space that is updated with state of the art equipment,” she said.

The planning commit­tee for this project will be formed by March, 2013 and will include Executive Director of Physical Plant Luis Campos and a member of Biology or Chemistry departments, she said.

The project will take between two and three years to complete, she said

The project may cause some disruptions to students, but that will be addressed by the com­mittee and working situations will be set so students can still have access to the labs and class rooms while construction is ongoing, she said.

“The situation will be similar to that of what the students and staff had to deal with while the JS building was under construc­tion,” said Ulibarri.

The windows, heating system and cooling system will also be updated for the South Valley building, she said.

The main building which used to be an elemen­tary school will be also be remolded, she said.

“It is going to receive a face­lift so it feels more like a col­lege campus than an elementary school,” she said.

The funds from Bond C will be used for these two projects only, but it will not be enough money, she said.

The construction at South Valley Campus will be fully covered by Bond C, but the L-Building at Main Campus will also use local city bonds to be completed, she said.

The reno­vations will be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental D e s i g n (LEED) Silver Cer t i f ic at ion, she said.

“Thank you so very much to the students, faculty and staff for voting and passing Bond C,” said Ulibarri.

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