Measure E funds help build facelift for campus


Rigo Bonilla

The ground-breaking ceremony for the new shops building.

Students will soon see “safety, technology, and energy-saving improvements” to instructional facilities on campus due to Measure E, according to a college document.

“It’s going to be an important asset to the community as well as the students,” Tom Brown, director of facilities, said.

The bond measure was on the ballot in November of last year but students and faculty are finally getting able to see where the money is going.

Brown said the newest building, still in the construction process, will have auto tech, air conditioning, and welding classes.

“What we’re trying to do is get the building to be more efficient to house all the programs. It will house all the same programs as the old building,” Brown said. “Because of the way it’s built, we’re going to try to utilize it in all the ways we can.”

Brown said this project is one that will be “a lot more energy efficient” and it’s one that has been in the works for “two or three years.”

Bob Bradshaw, construction manager, said they are in the process of remodeling the basement of the Natural Sciences Building as well as the Shops Building.

Brown said the original Shops Building was built in the 1940’s and the newer buildings will have newer technology, including WiFi and conference rooms. They will add “some things that will modernize what they (the students) were doing,” he said.

New electrical infrastructure has already been installed around campus, Bradshaw added.

They are also “in the planning stages of a student services center, new gymnasium, and a new parking structure,” which should all be completed in the next four years, Bradshaw said.

The biggest cost as a result of Measure E will be a new music, theater, and art complex. Plans involve replacing outdated buildings and infrastructure, according to a college document.

Smaller costs include a new fitness complex, counseling center and student services center, as well as renovations to Marsee Auditorium and Schauerman Library, according to the same document.

“In January, we will start demolition and construction for a new stadium,” Bradshaw said.

The document states that by law, “funds from any proposed bond can only be spent on buildings, classrooms, or instructional equipment.”

As for the next project, Brown said the student services center is “one of the two next (buildings) to go.”