Monday, September 28, 2015

Work progresses on Proposition V projects at two East County colleges

 Energy conservation measures, parking lot and roadway repairs, and prep work for new facilities are among the projects completed or underway at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges that are being funded by the Proposition V construction bond. 

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board was recently updated on the status of the $398 million construction bond approved by East County voters in fall 2012. The measure’s passage paved the way for the district to continue the work started with Prop. R – the $207 million facilities bond passed in 2002 that resulted in the construction or renovation of 13 major facilities at the colleges.

The groundwork is being laid for the first major projects to be built with Prop. V funds. At Grossmont College, design work is underway on an $82.7 million Arts and Communication Complex, with construction set to begin in February 2017. The facility will replace aging classrooms and include a new 350-seat theater and concert hall. An architect has been selected to begin the design process for the Science Math and Career Tech Complex, a $51.2 million project scheduled to start construction in September 2017.

At Cuyamaca College, a new $11.5 million facility is planned to be built in 2018 for the college’s renowned Ornamental Horticulture Department. The space where the department is currently located will be razed to make way for a $34 million two-story Student Services building near the core of the Rancho San Diego campus. That project is currently in the design phase and is scheduled for construction in 2019. 

Also slated at Cuyamaca College are the track and field surfacing, the Exercise Science Building renovation, interim improvements to the existing One-Stop Student Services Complex, and reconfiguration to Building L.  

Prop. V, combined with earmarked state funds and utility rebates, also funded three years of districtwide energy-related projects, which included:

  • Lighting fixture and controls upgrade for energy efficiency
  • Lighting improvements in classrooms, parking lots and walkways 
  • Upgrades to more energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning systems 
  • Replacing boilers and rooftop heating and air-conditioning (HVAC) units and                 upgrading mechanical controls systems.

Prop. V funds were also used for the design phase of parking lot and roadway repairs and the installation of a new modular weight training classroom, both at Cuyamaca College.
Recently completed construction projects at Grossmont College include reconstructed tennis courts with better durability and improved fencing, along with parking lot and roadway repairs. 

Governing Board President Bill Garrett said trustees appreciated the update on the facilities program so they are kept aware of the progress on improvements at the two campuses.

“We know there is much work to be done in preparation for the major construction,” he said. “We’re grateful for the public’s support of the critical facilities and technology upgrades critical to the success to our students in today’s high-tech, ultra-competitive world.”

Proposition V was the outcome of a two-year planning process during which a facilities master plan was developed, identifying more than $600 million in facility and technology needs at the two campuses, which enroll about 28,000 students. 

A key part of Prop. V is the existence of a independent citizens bond oversight committee made up of East County residents with expertise in construction, procurement and finance, as well as representatives of business, senior and taxpayer organizations. 

Additional information about Prop. V can be found online.

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