The building anticipation is building

Major construction continues all across the campus with the main goal to reshape Valley College.

By Zaida Diaz, Staff Writer 

The bright colors of yellow caution tape and fence panels and the noise of heavy equipment fill the confines of Valley College. It must be winter. Or spring. Or summer. Or fall.

Propositions A, AA, and J have enabled Valley to completely remake itself with major renovations aimed at upgrading it into a state-of-the-art campus. Proposition A enabled the Los Angeles Community College District to issue $1.245 billion in general obligation bonds for nine community colleges (including Valley) and was passed in 2001. In 2003, voters supported Proposition AA, which added a $980-million facilities bond for these community colleges.

Lastly, in 2008 the passage of Proposition J added $3.5 billion in general obligation bonds. Each measure is aimed at revitalizing community colleges by constructing, rehabilitating and equipping district facilities.

There are a number of current and upcoming construction projects that are meant to improve Monarch’s experience. Including: an Alumni Walk, a Parking Structure, a Community Services Center, an Athletic Training Facility, a Valley College Gateway, a Student Union, a Performing & Media Arts Center, a Central Plant Expansion and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades.

The parking structure, Alumni Walk and Community Services Center are scheduled to be completely finished by the end of the year. The most obvious construction is the new four-level parking structure located near Ethel Avenue, as it is very close to being done. It is going under a few adjustments, however students and faculty are already able to access the structure, which provides approximately 1,000 parking spots.

The Alumni Walk, which is already finished, is located between the Aquatics Center and the South Gymnasium.

At the southeastern corner of Ethel Ave. and Hatteras St. the 18,000-square-foot Community Services Center (CSC) is being built. It will serve as a multipurpose facility, as it will compromise the Valley Community Services, Gymnastics Center and Monarch Summer Camp. In addition to the Administrative zone, which will maintain the Community Services Program office suite, the building will also include instructional and activity zones. Instructional zones include a dividable lecture hall and a computer lab, whereas the activity zones will hold a new gymnastics area, a 30-foot indoor rock wall and two large multi-purpose rooms for activities.

Next to Monarch Stadium will be the Athletic Training Facility, whose construction is also currently underway and is projected to be complete by fall 2015. It will consist of a new 23,000-square-foot stadium field house which will house the football, soccer and track/field teams. It will incorporate two large classrooms, a weight room, equipment rooms, locker rooms and a coach’s office. A new baseball and softball field and a community walkway track will also be constructed.

On the opposite side of campus near the main entrance, the construction of the workforce development center titled “Valley College Gateway” is being built. The two-level 41,000-square-foot building is replacing the old Administration Building. Valley’s website reports that the new building will hold the college’s administrative offices, college services, classrooms and meeting spaces, though the final dates have not been confirmed.

At the heart of the campus, a 41,000-square-foot Student Union is being constructed and is predicted to be complete in 2016. It will bring together student-associated services like a cafeteria, the campus bookstore, the Student Health Center, the Business Office and the Associated Student Union (ASU) offices.

One of the first projects made possible by Measure J, is the construction of the Performing & Media Arts Center. The building will bring together the Performing Arts Department and the Media Arts Department into one complex. It will include four separate theaters: the Main stage Theater which will hold 450 seats, the Screening Theater will hold 225 seats, the Horseshoe theater will hold 150 seats and finally the Lab Theater will hold 80 seats. The building will also have classrooms, a newsroom, a radio station and faculty offices. Construction has yet to begin according to Coby King, an employee for the LACCD Building Program.

Updates are also expected to be started in 2016 for the central plant and ADA.

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