Groundbreaking: Academic Core Buildings Project - Article, Office of College Advancement
Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
By Ohlone College.
Ohlone College held a celebratory groundbreaking for the Academic Core Project, kicking off construction activities for the three new academic buildings which are being constructed at the center of the Fremont campus on Mission Boulevard on April 13, 2016. Close to 150 people attended the event, including elected officials, community members, Ohlone staff and faculty, and a large group of students who eagerly await the opening of the new buildings.
The three buildings will house classrooms, laboratories, offices, conference rooms and the library totaling 188,000 square feet. Each of the buildings focuses on a particular academic discipline, such as building one, the Science Center, which will have 13 new science labs and prep rooms for the growing programs in the physical and biological sciences.
Building two, the Music and Visual Arts Building, holds two large music classrooms serving as a recital hall and band room for rehearsals and performances. Multiple practice rooms and a recording studio are included. The visual arts facilities include a photography lab, and four studios/classrooms for ceramics and sculpture; drawing and painting; design; and interior design.
The two-story Learning Commons in building three holds the library/learning resource center, tutoring centers, and learning labs for Communications, English and Math. Twenty new general classrooms and two large lecture halls will be distributed among the three buildings, as well as offices and meeting rooms. Six new passenger elevators, combined with the new parking structure that is built close to the upper campus classroom buildings, will provide a stronger connection between upper and lower campus. Other Measure G projects already completed or underway include:
- Athletic fields and facilities renovation, opening Fall 2016
- 900+ space parking structure on the south end of upper campus, opened September 2015
- Two one-megawatt solar panel fields, one each at Fremont and Newark, opened August 2013
Project partners include Balfour Beatty, construction; Gilbane Building Company, bond program management; and CannonDesign partnering with Anderson Brulé Architects, project architects.