Groundbreaking: Academic Core Buildings Project

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Office of College Advancement

Ohlone College


Fremont, CA-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. Approximately 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.

Six people with shovels filled with dirt.
Ohlone College President, Dr. Gari Browning (center), with Ohlone College Board of Trustees. -Photo courtesy of Ohlone College.

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. Building one, the Science Center, will have 13 new science labs plus prep rooms.

Building two, the Music and Visual Arts Building, holds a recital hall and band room, multiple practice rooms and a state of the art recording studio for the music department. The facilities for visual arts programs include a photography lab, and four studios 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 tiered lecture halls will be distributed throughout all three buildings, as well as offices and meeting rooms and six new passenger elevators.

Construction cost for the project is approximately $132,000,000, funded by proceeds from the Measure G Bond, with a projected occupation date of summer 2019.

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 1-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.

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