Friday, July 12, 2013

Updates on Proposition V bond program

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is gearing up work on the Proposition V bond program, with selection of a program manager and preparations for the first round of bond sales next month. 
The $398 million Proposition V bond measure was passed by East County voters in November 2012 to provide capital improvements, renovations, repairs and upgrades on the district’s two campuses, Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College. Proposition V was the result of a comprehensive planning process, which culminated in a master plan identifying extensive facility needs, retrofitting and infrastructure upgrades.
The 2013 Facilities Master Plan, adopted in March 2013, defines Proposition V efforts and builds upon work that began with the $207 million Proposition R approved by voters in 2002.  Along with $68 million in state matching funds, Proposition R constructed or renovated 13 major projects on the two campuses. Work on those projects will near completion this fall.  A bond sale for Proposition V is scheduled for August 2013.

The construction bond program will create improved classrooms and infrastructure, a veterans support center on each campus, and a workforce solutions training center. It will also improve safety and access for the disabled; renovate and expand educational and career training facilities for such fields as science, medical, public safety and green technology; improve technology infrastructure; and provide for repair of deteriorated roofs and upgrades to electrical, plumbing and ventilations systems. Energy-efficiency measures will also be taken to reduce operational costs and allow savings to be re-directed to classroom instruction.
Following a competitive bidding process, the district has retained San Diego-based construction consulting firm Gafcon Inc. as the Proposition V program manager.
Proposition V program updates include the following:
  • A Request for Qualifications for Architectural/Engineering Firms has been developed and released. Selections are expected by late-summer; information may be found on the district’s web site at
  • HMC Architects has been retained to update the district’s design guidelines and material standards, including sustainability measures outlined in the 2013 Facilities Master Plan. 
  • Helix Environmental has been retained to conduct an update of the environmental review documents for the 2013 Facilities Master Plan.
  • A review of the program and project estimates is currently underway, to be followed by detailed project budgets and an overall program schedule in the coming weeks.
  • Closeout of a majority of the Proposition R projects will wrap up this fall with classroom and air conditioning systems upgrades, fume hood additions, a cart storage facility, mechanical/lighting control surveys and a campus-wide signage project.
Spending on both bond measures continues to be monitored by the district’s independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, which is responsible for ensuring that revenues from the bond measures are spent solely as promised to voters. The committee reviews and reports on district spending of taxpayer money for construction and provides a public accounting of the district’s compliance with legal documents. 

East County citizen participation is needed on the CBOC and information is available on the website at

More information about Propositions R and V, including the 2013 Facilities Master Plan, may be found on the district’s website at    under “About Us” and then “Planning Documents.”