4/17/08: Master Planning Update #15
Master Planning Updates #1-14If you have not had the opportunity, please read Master Planning Updates #1 (June 17, 2003), #2 (August 29, 2003), #3 (October 16, 2003), #4 (July 27, 2005), #5 (January 30, 2006), #6 (March 13, 2006), #7 (April 24, 2006), #8 (July 6, 2006), #9 (September 1, 2006), #10 (December 1, 2006), #11 (March 2, 2007), #12 (May 11, 2007), #13 (June 13, 2007) and #14 (January 30, 2008). These updates are archived on this web site.
Quick Master Planning SummaryThe following is a quick update on Master Planning projects for GCC Main and GCC North.
Driving by the site along newly widened Happy Valley Road, one can observe that all of the concrete masonry unit (CMU) walls are up, and installation of the mechanical-electrical-plumbing infrastructure and framing of the interior are well underway. Painting of exteriors and interiors has begun, and landscaping will commence this week. This project remains on track for completion during the Summer of 2008 and opening in the Fall semester. For those interested, please see GCC North Construction Gallery #4 for a visual update on construction progress.
Renditions of planned buildings:
Looking north to Ludden Mountain, Instruction and Information buildings in foreground.
Computer Commons, from inside the Information building.
Life Sciences BuildingLike GCC North, this three storey building (a GCC first) is developing quickly. The steel superstructure is in place and all three floors poured. The interior has been framed and drywall installation nearly completed. Copper siding on the east end of the building will be hung this week. Finishes and furnishings have been selected by the planning team. Additionally, tours of the new building are be offered for those interested. Participants will be required to wear closed toed shoes. This project also remains on track, due for completion during the Fall of 2008 and opening in the Spring semester 2009. For those interested, please see Life Science Building Construction Gallery #3 for a visual update on construction progress.
Open Life Sciences Building Construction Gallery #1 to view several depictions of the planned facility.
Public Safety Sciences BuildingIn December, the college selected Substance Design Consortium as its Architectural Consultant and FCI Constructors, Inc. as the Construction Manager @ Risk for this project. Planning is now underway, with schematic design drawings expected by late April. Recently the College decided to resite this building across Vogel Avenue, to the rear of the TPS Building. This new location will allow more opportunity for public safety training and expansion of the programs in the future. The Public Safety Science Building will house Administration of Justice, Emergency Medical Technology, Fire Science and Law Enforcement Operations studies. Construction is expected to begin in August 2008 with occupancy scheduled for Fall semester 2009.
Business Building RemodelIn February, the college selected RNL Design as its Architectural Consultant and Jokake as the Construction Manager @ Risk for this project. Planning is underway with construction to begin in October and the building ready for use in Fall 2009. The Educational Specifications call for the remodel of 15 classrooms and the International Education Program office, along with several ADA compliance and building code upgrades (balcony, elevator, restrooms and fire sprinkler systems). A "corporate look" is desired for many of the IT classrooms and the integration of more student "sticky space" in and around the building. Like the Student Union project, the planning team will be especially attentive to architectural fit of this building within GCC's more traditional architectural setting.
Future Bond ProjectsThe following is a list of future bond projects. Dates provided are due dates for the development of Educational Specifications to the district Facilities and Planning office.
|Project||Development Due Date|
|T-1 Building||September 2009|
|T-3 Auto Complex (includes some of T-2)||September 2009|
|Fitness & Wellness||December 2010|
|Old Life Science/Nursing/O-6/7 Buildings||February 2011|
Questions - CommentsYour input and questions concerning any of the College's bond projects is always welcome. If you have questions or ideas, please share them with the College. You can do this by clicking on the following email link. Questions and concerns will be addressed as expeditiously as possible, and where appropriate, shared with other readers in future Master Planning Updates.
SummaryIn closing, let me express the College's sincere appreciation to those who have shared ideas, expertise and time toward the master planning process, development of the College's Project Lists, educational specifications, review of proposals and selection of architects and construction firms. Every attempt has been made to be inclusive, and the College will continue this approach as we plan, design and construct each project. If anyone desires a copy of documentation for any specific project, please email me and I will provide a copy or direct you to an on-line link. Please stay engaged. With your continued participation and ideas, GCC will become what we dream.