Construction News Briefs




LAVC Publishes a Revised Anticipated Campus Construction Sequencing Diagram

(May 2013) – Los Angeles Valley College has released a newly updated construction sequencing diagram for the college's $626 million bond renovation and building project. The revised diagram includes an updated projected timeline for when Prop A/AA/J construction projects are anticipated to take place on campus between April 2013-March 2016. All Proposition A/AA/J construction is scheduled to be completed by 2016. To view the presentation, click here.



Los Angeles Valley College Celebrates Groundbreaking for Its New Community Services Center

(May 7, 2013) – Los Angeles Valley College today celebrated the groundbreaking of the Community Services Center (CSC), the latest project to start construction at the college under the Los Angeles Community College District's $6 billion construction program. The CSC will be the new home of the college's Community Services department, the Gymnastics Center and the Monarch Summer Camp. The CSC is being built to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.


The new building will be about 29,300 square feet in size, and is paid for with funding approved by voters as part of the six billion dollar Los Angeles Community College Building Program. Valley College is one of nine colleges that make up LACCD. The college is in the midst of a $626 million building program to renovate, modernize, and expand the campus to better serve the central San Fernando Valley and all of Los Angeles.


The CSC will be a multipurpose facility with a unique combination of instructional, activity and administrative spaces. The instructional zone will feature a dividable lecture hall designed to accommodate a variety of Community Services programs, and a computer lab that will be used as an Athletics Study Hall during the day and an instructional classroom at night. The activity zone includes the Gymnastics Center and two large multi-purpose rooms for various dance, martial arts, community wellness, and student activities. In addition, the activity zone will feature an indoor 30-foot climbing wall. The Administrative Zone houses the Community Services Program office suite.


The CSC is seeking LEED Silver certification, continuing LACCD's commitment to buildings which have the lowest possible impact on the environment. Some of the sustainable features included in the project include areas to lessen stormwater run-off; the use of drought-resistant California native plants and trees; the use of low-flow bathroom fixtures and irrigation for increased water efficiency; a large overhang roofs to reflect and minimize solar heat gain while provide shading on hot days; natural ventilation in gymnastic spaces; and solar reflective glass to minimize solar heat gain within building.


LAVC Releases an Update on the Anticipated Sequencing of Campus Construction

(January 2013) – Los Angeles Valley College has recently updated its construction sequencing for the college's upcoming bond construction projects. This update, which was needed due to a delay in construction caused by the LACCD's district-wide construction moratorium, provides the campus community with an updated schedule of the anticipated Prop A/AA/J construction projects at Valley College between April 2013-March 2016. All Proposition A/AA/J construction is scheduled to be completed by 2016. To view the presentation, click here.



LAVC Dedicates the Opening of its New Library & Academic Resources Center

LACCD officials cut the ribbon for the LARC(October  18, 2012) – Los Angeles Valley College today celebrated the opening of the college's new Library and Academic Resource Center (LARC), which features a state-of-the art library, extensive new resources to facilitate learning for students, and a museum on the history of the San Fernando Valley.  The LARC, which replaces the replace the original library that was built in the 1960s, incorporates environmentally-friendly design and sustainable construction.


The new building is about 92,000 square feet in size, and was paid for with funding approved by voters as part of the $6 billion Los Angeles Community College Building Program.


The  Library component includes 750 seats and shelving for 260,000 volumes, along with a media library.  The Academic Resource Center includes a computer commons, math lab, writing center, reading center, tutoring center and five lab/classrooms.  The Staff Development area contains consultation and training areas. The LARC is home to the LAVC Historical Museum that focuses on the history of the San Fernando Valley. The museum, which was founded in 1975 by Dr. James Dodson, has a changing exhibition gallery as well as curatorial, exhibit preparation and archival research spaces.


The LARC is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold status, and sustainability features include the use of natural lighting throughout the facility, manual and motorized solar shades to help control heat and glare; high efficiency light fixtures; building materials made from recycled content and renewable resources; sustainable building materials as bamboo, a rapidly renewable material; waterless urinals and low-flow toilets; high-reflective white Cool Roof and an exterior Solid Phenolic Panel Rainscreen System to minimize solar heat gain and protect the building; occupancy sensors to reduce energy use; and the use of low odor and low emission paints, carpeting and finishes to improve air quality.



LACCD's District Building Oversight Committee Publishes it 2011 Annual Report

(January 2012) – The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)'s Building Oversight Committee (DBOC) recently published its 2011 Annual Report. This report provides an overview of the role of the DBOC, a listing and description of each college's projects completed, in progress and planned, and the costs involved and the remaining work to be done. To read the entire annual report on the LACCD Builds Green Web site, visit http://www.laccdbuildsgreen.org/docs/about-oversight/annualReports/2011/DCOC_Annual_Report_Final_12.20.11.pdf


LACCD Regularly Publishes Monthly Updates on LAVC Construction

(September 2011) – The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) publishes monthly updates on the sustainable building projects at each of its colleges on its LACCD Builds Green Web site, including Los Angeles Valley College. These monthly progress reports provide an overview of the college's bond construction projects, funding and budget information, and details on each of the college's current sustainable construction projects. For more information, visit http://www.laccdbuildsgreen.org/sustainable-dashBoardReports.php



Valley College Publishes its Climate Action Plan

(May 2011) – Los Angeles Valley College recently published its Climate Action Plan, which outlines how the campus plans to become climate neutral by 2050. LAVC made an official commitment to by agreeing to the American College and University President's Climate Commitment in 2007. This 28-page Climate Action Plan, which is part of the college's commitment to sustainability, includes a complete greenhouse gas emissions inventory, a target date for becoming climate neutral, and the outlines the steps its has taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A copy of the LAVC Climate Action Plan can be downloaded online.

LAVC Blazes Ahead of the Pack and Presents its ADA Upgrades Proposal to the LACCD Board of Trustees Committee

(April 25, 2011) – Representatives from Valley College made a presentation to the LACCD Board of Trustees' Infrastructure Committee on its proposed upgrades to remove existing barriers to comply with 2010 California Building Code and the U.S. Department of Justice 1991 ADA Standards. The proposal, in which LAVC was the first in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) to present its plan, highlighted the need to upgrade non-compliant items campus-wide, including interior and exterior deficiencies, to the Art, Music, Foreign Languages, Behavioral Science, Humanities, Engineering, Business/Journalism, Math/Science, Life Sciences, North Gym, South Gym, and Campus Center buildings. There are also proposed updates to the ADA Masterplan and Path of Travel (POT) Improvements, and the Stadium. To view the entire presentation, click here.

Valley College Presents its Master Plan Update and EIR Addendum to the LACCD Board of Trustees
(February 23, 2011) – Los Angeles Valley College representatives gave the LACCD Board of Trustees an update on its Master Plan and EIR Addendum at the LACCD Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, February 23. The presentation provided an overview of the updates to the college's Facilities Master Plan and its EIR Addendum, as well as an overview of the proposed Media Arts & Performing Arts (MAPA) Center. To view the presentation, click here.

LAVC Shares Its Anticipated Sequence for Construction for Faculty, Staff and Students
(February 22, 2011) – Valley College recently held two Town Hall meetings for faculty, staff and students to share updated information about the college’s construction plans, and the anticipated impact to the campus in the coming years. Steinberg Architects, LAVC’s facilities master architects, presented a series of diagrams that illustrate the anticipated sequence of major construction activity at the college over the next four years. Download the presentation, click here.

LAVC Celebrates the Opening of Its New Student Services Complex

Ribbon Cutting with LAVC & LACCD Officials(November 15, 2010) – Students, faculty, staff and LACCD officials recently marked the opening of its new $20.4 million Student Services Complex with an dedication event and open house. The 70,000 gross-square-foot complex is made up of two buildings—a two-story Student Services Center and a one-story Student Services Annex—and combines all the Student Services functions into one area of the campus.

The complex is home to the college’s Associated Student Union, International Student Services Office, Veterans Student Services, Outreach & Recruitment Office, the Assessment Center, Services for Students with Disabilities (formerly Disabled Students Programs and Services), Extended Opportunity Program and Services Office, TRiO/Student Services Office, Upward Bound Office and the Student Services administrative offices. It is located close to the corner of Burbank Boulevard and Fulton Avenue, which makes it easily accessible to students and visitors from the campus’ stop on the Los Angeles Metro Orange Line, and to Parking Lot A.


The complex was designed to meet LEED sustainability standards and includes the following "green" features: a cool roof that reduces heat, CO2 monitoring, low-emission construction and building materials that reduce impacts to air quality, optimized energy performance, processes and materials that will reduce water usage by 20 percent, and use of some recycled and locally manufactured building materials. In addition, nearly 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills during the building process.


LACCD Performs a Bond Performance Audit on its Bond Building Program

(January 26, 2010) – A Bond Performance Audit was presented to the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)'s Board of Trustees on January 26, 2011. The report was an independence performance audit for the period July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010 (FY 2010), for the LACCD’s 2001 Proposition A, 2003 Proposition AA and 2008 Measure J construction bonds (Bond Program). To read the entire copy of the audit report, click here.


Valley College Dedicates the Belle and Harry Krupnick Media Arts Center

Krupnick Family with LACCD officials at dedication(December 15, 2009) – Faculty and students from LAVC recently joined representatives from the Los Angeles Community College District and the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles in celebrating the lives of Belle and Harry Krupnick – and dedicating the college’s Media Arts Center in their name. The Belle & Harry Krupnick Media Arts Center gives students state-of-the-art practical experience in such production areas as camera, lighting, editing, visual effects and scripting. It is named after Belle and Harry Krupnick, who donated $500,000 to the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation to help to establish a media arts program endowment.


The 1,539-square-foot building houses a soundstage with green screen capabilities and high definition production equipment. The facility also has control, audio and editing rooms. The TV studio was part of a $2.8 million construction project with Theater Arts that included $1.3 million in construction costs and $600,000 in equipment costs.


Harry Krupnick first took classes at Los Angeles Valley College in 1974 and his association with the college grew when he and his wife, Belle, became early members of the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation. Over the years, they supported scholarships and various campus programs. After Belle’s death in 1999, Harry proposed a $500,000 gift for a new media arts facility at the college. After Harry’s death, also in 1999, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles became executor of Krupnick’s gift.



Dual celebration at Los Angeles Valley College

LACCD officials break ground for the LARC Officials cut ribbon on Aquatics Center

(November 18, 2009) – Los Angeles Valley College students and staff joined representatives from the Los Angeles Community College District and distinguished guests as they celebrated two milestones in the college’s ongoing modernization program. The day kicked off with a groundbreaking for the 93,000-square-foot Library and Academic Resource Center, and continued with a dedication ceremony for the college’s Aquatics Center, which includes an Olympic-sized competition pool, a six-lane training pool and a warm-up pool, and a 5,000-square-foot Adapted Physical Education Center for use as part of Valley College’s Disabled Student Services Program.


The new two-story library will be one of the largest in the San Fernando Valley, playing host to more than 130,000 books and subscribing to more than 350 magazines and newspapers. It will also feature an Academic Resources Center, Media Services, a Professional Media Resource Center as well as the Los Angeles Valley College Historical Museum. The library – which was designed by Pfeiffer Partner Architects and is being built by Diffenbaugh, Inc. – will feature sustainable materials and attributes, such as a heat-reducing roof and solar panels.


The new pool complex is the latest in an overall renovation of the college’s 37,963-square-foot North Gymnasium and 42,500-square-foot South Gymnasiums. This project included upgrades and improvements in building safety, accessibility, amenities and sustainable features.


A signature component of the renovation is the new Adapted Physical Education Center, which has aerobic and weight training machines designed to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities, such as wheelchair accessibility. The new center, in conjunction with the adjacent pool complex, allows Valley College to provide a complete training and rehabilitation program for students and the community.


Construction on the Library and Resource Center is expected to be completed in 2011.


Breaking Ground on $13.6-Million Student Services Center

officals breakground on student services complex(April 23, 2009) – More than 100 people watched on as ground was officially broken on the $13.6-million Student Services Center at Los Angeles Valley College. School staff, Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) officials, students and campus neighbors were on hand to kick off the two-building project, which will provide a one-stop center for student services.


Steinberg Architects designed the 37,000-square-foot complex and it is being built by J.D. Diffenbaugh, Inc. The single-story and two-story structures will help to modernize Valley College and are funded by the LACCD's $5.7-billion Sustainable Building Program. The Center will also house the Associated Student Union, International Student Services Office, Disabled Student Programs and Services Office, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Office, Veterans Program and the Student Services administrative offices.


The new Student Services Center will have a "cool roof" to reduce heat, improved air quality, use energy more efficiently and cut water usage. Nearly 75 percent of construction waste will be diverted from landfills, and builders are using some recycled and locally manufactured products. In addition, the complex is easy to reach from the Valley College stop on the L.A. Metro Orange Line.


Construction is expected to be completed in Fall 2010.



A Dedication and Flag Raising for the Renovated Fulton Avenue Entry and Monarch Square

(March 4, 2009) – College officials and students gathered in the front of the college's main entrance to dedicate the recently renovated Monarch Square and Fulton Avenue Entrance. The ceremony was capped off with a performance of the Star Spangled Banner as a flag was raised on the new flag pole near the Administration Building.



Breaking Ground on the College's new $11.2 million Child Development and Family Complex

(August 8, 2008) – Dozens of kids wearing yellow construction hats gathered at Los Angeles Valley College on Thursday, August 7 to cheer on College and Los Angeles Community College District officials as they broke ground on the College's new $11.2 million "green" Child Development and Family Complex. The 26,000 sq. ft. three-structure complex is the first and only in the District that will house three child development-related divisions under one roof. For Valley, the College will have a new Child Development Center (CDC), Child Development Department (CDD) and Family Resource Center (FRC).


The complex's new FRC will focus on training early childhood workers and provide family support services for students, staff, faculty and community families with young children. The building was also made possible thanks to a generous donation by J.H. Snyder and through an agreement with the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA-LA).


While the CDC and CDD will house distinct functions, they have a strong commonality in the development of young children. This working synergy is reflected in the physical site layout of the site with each having its own separate entrance and facilities but together forming a protected courtyard for the children.


The new state-of-the-art Child Development Center will serve approximately 192 children from newborn to school age. When the College's Child Development Center opened in back in 1945 it started with 30 children.


The project is scheduled to be completed in 2010.



J.H. Synder donates $1.5 Million to Build a Family Resource Center
L.A. Valley College received a $1.5 million donation from the J.H. Synder Corporations to build a new Family Resource Center as part of its new $11.2 million Family & Child Complex.

This new one-story building will be used to train the early childhood workforce and will provide community families with programs for young children. The 2000-square-foot building will be located adjacent to the new Child Development classrooms and offices and the new Child Development Center.



Assessment of Campus Forest Concluded

As part of the LAVC site improvement master plan, which includes landscaping, trees, signage and lighting, arborist Michael Mahoney has completed a full assessment of the 1834 trees on campus and has categorized each by type, health, and maintenance requirements


The urban forest specialist has compiled a database that will be used to make decisions about managing the campus forest and protecting trees during construction, and it also will be a valuable asset to botany students, scientists, and the general community. "The campus has a fabulous species dynamic," Mahoney said, "with 83 different kinds of mostly mature trees."


Valley College has 199 American Sweet Gum trees that comprise 11 percent of the campus forest. There are 192 Canary Island Pines, 192 Italian Cypress, and 112 magnolia trees in addition to pine, Chinese elms, ficus, olive, oak and Carob trees. Perhaps the rarest is a China tree, often called a "happy tree," which is alleged to have curative properties for treating cancer. "Valley College's campus tree environment is a vital community," Mahoney said, "and we need to foster its care." The results of his study will be used to find ways to develop a long-term maintenance plan for the campus forest during construction.


Man inspecting tree

Arborist and urban forest specialist Michael Mahoney taps and pokes a tree trunk to determine if it has decay, loose bark, fungus, or insects.



New Modular Buildings

Modular buildings are housing Financial Aid operations and the Computer Science facility until new quarters are completed in the next few years. 


Oustide of restroomsLAVC's newest restroom facility for faculty, staff and students was completed for Fall 2002.

students outside bungalowThe Financial Aid trailer, located behind Campus Center, is 60 feet by 72 feet and was operational in time for Winter Session 2003.

Students in classroom with laptopsComputer Science, also located behind Campus Center, was up and running by the 2003 Winter Session. The modular building is 60-feet square.

Students getting mentoredFinancial Aid staff assist students inside the Financial Aid trailer.


Environmental Impact Report

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Valley College's Facilities Master Plan has been certified by the LACCD Board of Trustees. This was the final step required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) of 1970, which regulates the effects of projects undertaken by public agencies. Certification allows LAVC to officially begin implementing the Master Plan, a blueprint for revitalizing the campus with state-of-the-art facilities to meet the needs of the college's projected enrollment growth.

The EIR covered traffic, parking, construction noise, air and water quality, historical resources, geology and seismicity, hazardous materials, population and housing, public services, transportation, public utilities, building height, and landscaping. The latter included the decision to build the Library and Academic Resource Center on the site of the current Cafeteria rather than in the quad area.