Excitement is Building

Excitement is Building - Ohlone College Academic Core Buildings; Open in 2019; 3 New Buildings - Arts Building, Science Center, Learning Commons/Library

Since 1967, Ohlone College has been a key player in the economic and social vitality of the Tri-Cities, Bay Area, and beyond. Over 375,000 students have walked through these doors, and every year we award almost 1,500 degrees and certificates to students well-prepared to spread their impact across our communities. Ohlone College now ranks among the top few community colleges in California for awarding degrees and certificates, and in the top five for transfer to four-year universities.

As a result of our successes, the communities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City passed Measure G in November 2010 to fund capital improvements which will prepare Ohlone College for the next generations of bright minds.

We are now on the eve of the most exciting portion of the Measure G projects – the Academic Core Buildings. These new facilities are the result of a rigorous facilities master planning process, and every facet of design is focused on increasing student learning and outcomes. The Academic Core will feature the new Science Building, Arts Building, and Learning Commons.

Below are just a few of the Academic Core’s exciting features that will continue to push the already high standard of education that Ohlone College offers. We invite you to contact us for more information on its advancements, and we would love to give you a tour of its unique design.

We are proud and thankful that the Tri-Cities community gave Ohlone College the opportunity and responsibility to educate our new generations. We ask that you consider supporting Ohlone College and our community in our efforts to bring the very best to our students.

Gari Browning, Ph.D.

Ohlone Community College District


Ohlone College Science Center and Arts Building

  • 20 general purpose classrooms
  • Improved accessibility of Ohlone’s gorgeous hilltop campus through connectivity of upper and lower campus
  • Over 85 faculty and staff offices, with collaboration space for group discussions or student meetings

Focus on Student Learning and Outcomes

  • Classrooms, laboratory, and office spaces coexist on the same floors to encourage collaboration between faculty, students, and staff
  • The Learning Commons, which includes the Library and Learning Resource Center, are located at the heart of the academic core of the campus, creating a hub for student learning and easy access to instructional support services
  • Patterns of buildings and open spaces are created to encourage collaboration and interaction both within the facilities and in the spaces "in between"

A Model for Sustainability

  • Designed to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified
  • Central utilities plant and geothermal heat pump system
  • Solar hot water heating system
  • 1 megawatt photovoltaic system
  • Reclaimed redwood finishes taken from the original Ohlone College buildings
  • 100% LED lighting

Science Center

Ohlone College Science Center

Science classrooms designed for specific disciplines while allowing for flexibility to teach all subjects, including Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physiology, and Anatomy.

  • Large-capacity Tiered General Classroom with Seating for 177
  • Science Learning Center
  • Microscopy Room
  • Emerging Technologies classroom
  • Emerging Technologies Support Rooms for Robotics and Machinery
  • Bio-Technology Laboratory
  • Anthropology Artifact Exhibit Area

Arts Building

Ohlone College Arts Building

Visual Arts

  • Medium-Capacity Tiered Classroom with Seating for 70
  • Painting, Interior Design, and 2D Design Classrooms
  • Sculpture and Ceramics Studios
  • Outdoor Ceramics Yard
  • Photography Studies Suite


  • Formal Recital Hall
  • Band Practice Room
  • Six Sound-isolated Small Music Practice Rooms
  • Ensemble Practice Room
  • Recording Studios
  • Sheet Music Library
  • Piano Laboratory

Learning Commons

Ohlone College Learning Commons

Library, Tutorial and Studies Spaces, and General Education Classrooms

  • Speech Centers
  • Multi-disciplinary Learning Center
  • Collaborative Math and Quiet Math Centers
  • Testing Center
  • English Learning Center
  • Small Team Study Rooms
  • Two floors of Reading Rooms
  • Small Study
  • Classrooms with direct exterior access for outdoor group sessions

Leave Your Legacy

Make your mark on higher education in the Tri-Cities through a room naming in the Academic Core Buildings! Proceeds will support furniture, fixtures and equipment in these new facilities. Please see our Academic Core Project Brochure for more information.  For a detailed list of available rooms or to schedule a tour, please contact us at foundation@ohlone.edu.