Exterior of Academic Core Buildings
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

$500,000 Gift from Fremont Bank Foundation to Support Ohlone College Academic Core Buildings

 Fremont, Calif., November 13, 2018—The Ohlone College Foundation has received a $500,000 grant from the Fremont Bank Foundation to support the three new Academic Core Buildings currently being constructed on the Ohlone College Fremont campus. The grant money will be used to provide state-of-the-art technology, lab equipment, and furnishing for the new structures.

The new Academic Core includes the Science Center, Arts Building, and the Learning Commons. In honor of this gift, an area of the fourth floor of the Learning Commons will be named The Fremont Bank Collaboration Center, and will include an informal learning area, foyer/lobby, math learning center quiet room, collaborative math room, and study rooms.

“We are grateful for all of the support that Fremont Bank and the Fremont Bank Foundation have shown the College,” says Dr. Gari Browning, President and Superintendent of the Ohlone Community College District. “Their support is a testament to their mission of serving the Fremont community.”

Over the years, Fremont Bank and the Fremont Bank Foundation have been staunch advocates and supporters of the Ohlone Community College District showing their commitment since the College’s inception in 1967.

“Fremont Bank and its Foundation have always been strong supporters of education in our community,” says Brian Hughes, Vice President of Fremont Bank. “The success of our future comes from the education we receive today. If you look around the United States and see a great community, you can bet they have a great educational system. Ohlone College has a proven track record of being an exceptional institute of learning and that’s why we are supporting them on this project.”

The Academic Core Buildings, located in the heart of the Fremont Campus, will improve campus accessibility by connecting the upper and lower campus. The buildings will include open spaces for group discussions and student meetings and will house classrooms, laboratories, and office spaces coexisting on the same floors to encourage campus collaboration.

Designed to be LEED Gold Certified, the new Academic Core Buildings are being constructed with sustainability at the forefront. Reclaimed redwood finished taken from the original Ohlone College buildings are being repurposed inside the buildings and all of the lighting is 100 percent LED. The facilities will also have a central utilities plant and geothermal heat pump system, a solar hot water heating system, and a 1-megawatt photovoltaic system.

The construction of Ohlone’s three new Academic Core Buildings is set to be completed by the fall of 2019. Click here for more details.