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The Administration and Career Advancement building (formerly known as the Community Workforce Development Center as well as the Valley Glen Gateway) is replacing the old Administration Building near the college's main entrance.
The Administration and Career Advancement building will be a two-level 41,000-square-foot building designed to serve as a new gateway to Valley College. It will house college's administrative offices, college services, and classrooms and meeting spaces. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on January 15, 2015.
The building will be home of the LAVC President's Office, the Academic Affairs Office, the Administrative Services Office, LAVC Foundation, Institutional Effectiveness Office, Public Relations Office, Personnel Office, Payroll Office, Budget Office, Contracts/Purchasing (Procurement Office), Master Calendar Office, Reprographic Services, Mailroom, Campus Operator, Workforce Training (Job Training Office and Cooperative Education), the Academic Senate Office, CalWORKs, and Continuing Education/Non-Credit.
The Administration and Career Advancement building scheduled to be completed in late 2016.
For more information regarding the Administration & Career Advancement building, visit the BuildLACCD Web site.
The new Valley Academic & Cultural Center, formerly called the Performing and Media Arts Center, will be located at the northwestern part of the campus, and will nurture the spirit of creativity and discovery, inspiring the artists, performers and producers within. The Center brings together the Media Arts Department and the Performing Arts Department into a single complex—for a more collaborative learning environment.
It will feature classrooms, study and rehearsal spaces, a newsroom and radio station, faculty offices, and four separate theaters—a 450-seat Mainstage Theater, a 225-seat Screening Theater, a 150-seat Horseshoe Theater, and an 80-seat Lab Theater. In addition, there will be an Outdoor Amphitheater for outdoor performances and concerts.
The project, which stated in the fall of 2016, is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
For more information regarding the Valley Academic & Cultural Center, visit the BuildLACCD Web site.
The scope of this Storm Water Implementation project includes storm water improvements throughout the college campus as identified in the Stormwater Master Plan.
This project will provide campus-wide accessibility improvements including work at several campus buildings and exterior spaces, such as doors, walkways, signage, and parking lots. This Transportation and Accessibility Improvements (TAI) project includes accessibility improvements throughout the campus in support of the college’s ADA/504 Transition Plan. The transition plan provide guidance on changes to facilities in order to comply with ADA requirements.
This project scope includes the construction of an above-ground chilled water thermal energy storage (TES) tank and associated 12” underground piping, pumps & vault. In addition, it will replace six existing central plant pumps, replace the existing central plant 900-ton McQuay chiller, replace the existing steel gas lines with P.E. lines in Monarch Square and in the north part of the campus, extend piping in tunnel from the Art Building to form a north loop with POC for the future Valley Academic and Cultural Center), and provide a closer connection for Music Building. Read the LAVC Central Plant Study.
This project is expected to start in 2017, and be completed by 2018.
The Alpha Data Center Upgrade project, which is anticipated to be completed in 2018, includes needed technology upgrades to the college's Alpha Data Center.
The scope for the Allied Health & Science Center Project is to complete outstanding issues with the building envelope, which includes waterproofing exterior locations subsequent to third party testing's and analysis. The project will also restore of interior drain systems, and will finish the remaining punch list items.
Phase 2 of the Gymnasium Complex project, which is scheduled to be completed by 2018, includes completing the renovation of the existing North and South Gymnasium buildings. The renovated facilities will provide space for educational and athletic departments/programs.
The Campus Center renovation project will include the relocation of various departments and the interior renovation of the existing first floor and basement of the Campus Center. The scope of the renovation of the basement will include the expansion of the speech department classrooms, two new meeting rooms, and storage for the Maintenance & Operations, Services for Students with Disabiities and the Information Technology departments. The renovation scope of the first floor of the Campus Center includes the addition of five new classrooms, an adjunct faculty office, offices and meeting rooms for the Specially Funded Program (SFP), workroom, storage and meeting rooms. This project is anticipated to start in 2018, and be completed by 2019.
The Emergency Lighting, Fire Alarm and Security System project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2019, will improve the emergency and security system at the college. As part of the security system upgrade, there is a plan to install exterior gates to control vehicular circulation and access to campus during a school “lock-down” or emergency, and install outdoor emergency call-boxes to provide students, faculty, and staff, in distress, the capability to summon immediate police assistance. In addition, special hardware will be installed at all interior hall-facing doors to quickly lock doors to classrooms, offices, and other rooms from the inside in an "lock-down" emergency situation. It will also include security improvements to create a more effective monitoring and security control environment at the LAVC Sheriff's Station.
As part of the Parking Lot H & J project, all the bungalows on the southeast corner of the campus near Ethel Avenue and Burbank Boulevard are planned to be demolished. Bungalows 30-38, 45-49, and 70-76, in addition to several storage bungalows, are to be completely demolished, including, but not limited to, all structures, planters, stairs, ramps, railings, and signage.
This project includes the demolition of Bungalows 80-85 which are currently used as a swing space.
The Sustainable Mall is a large open park designed to manage and treat stormwater and provide an area for outdoor education and ecological awareness. The primary benefits of the park is to collect water from the watershed of the north end of the campus and treat storm water run-off per state regulations. It allows passers-by to view the natural filtration process.
The Foreign Language Building was one of the first projects completed by Proposition A. The major renovations to the building was completed in 2005. The interiors were painted, floors replaced, ceilings and restrooms painted, and new projectors and marker boards have been installed in the classrooms. The classrooms also have new window coverings.
In 2006, the Art Patio located in the Art Building was remodeled to provide a space for students to study and relax, as well as for a space to hold receptions for the adjacent Art Gallery and for special events. The Art Patio was updated with new outdoor furniture, drought-resistant plants, a trellis and a fountain.
In 2006, the Monarch Patio was renovated to provide a gathering place for students as well as an outdoor area for the adjacent Monarch Hall. Sunshades were erected to provide shading for students using tables and chairs in the patio.
Los Angeles Valley College installed a new electronic Marquee on the northwest corner of the campus (off Oxnard Street and Fulton Avenue). The marquee displays information to the campus and the community about college events and news.
The exteriors of most campus buildings now have an earth-tone color scheme, as Phase I of the painting project. Phase II began in Fall 2005. The campus painting project included the Campus Center, Cafeteria, Main Arcade and overheads and walkways, refurbishing of college letters on the main archway, Planetarium dome, Bungalow 78, and the Stadium restrooms.
Renovations have been completed on Campus Center and Foreign Language buildings. The Campus Center interior has been painted, new marker boards have been installed in classrooms, and the roof deck has been replaced. In the Foreign Language, building, the interior has been painted, floors replaced, ceilings and restrooms painted, and new projectors and marker boards have been installed in the classrooms.
The Maintenance & Operations / Sheriff's Station opened to the public in 2006. This project, which was funded by Proposition A & AA, was the first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building built in the Los Angeles Community College District.
The $6.6 million, 28,000-square-foot, one-story facility that house maintenance equipment, shipping and receiving, warehouse offices, and Sheriff's personnel and operations. It consists of three connecting structures that form a compound with an inner courtyard. Valley College employs 75 electricians, plumbers, painters, carpenters, auto mechanics, locksmiths, gardeners, and custodians. In addition, the Sheriff's Station, which operates 24 hours a day, is the base for campus security officers, cadets, and Sheriff's administrative staff.
For more information regarding Maintenance & Operations / Sheriff's Station, visit the BuildLACCD Web site.
Campus restrooms were renovated in 2007. Restrooms were refurbished with new sinks, fixtures, paint, tiles, and restroom facilities, as well as updated for wheelchair access.
LA Valley College has a new state-of-the-art, 10-lane NCAA approved red and gray track and football/soccer field. Phase I of the project, which was completed in 2006, included a new synthetic football and soccer surface, a 1500-seat visitors' bleachers section, and a 4-lane public jogging track. Phase II will include the visitors' restrooms, ticket booth, a visitors' concession stand, and a new track equipment storage facility.
In 2007, Valley College opened its new Concession Stand & Visitor Restrooms located on the south side of Monarch Stadium. The area contains a track storage room for athletic equipment, a ticket booth, a concession stand, and restrooms in Monarch Stadium for the visiting team. The area is also home to a recruitment patio, which is used for recruitment of prospective athletes, and special events.
The Business Journalism Building was renovated in 2007. The building was updated with new doors, energy efficient window, new paint and smart software equipment such as remote controlled overhead projectors
Renovations to the Behavioral Sciences building were completed in 2007. New energy-efficient windows, new floors, new overhead LCD projectors and marker boards were installed, and the interior, ceilings and restrooms were painted.
The classrooms located on the 2nd Floor of the Campus Center Building were renovated in 2007. Classrooms were painted, and new overhead LCD projects and new white marker boards were installed.
The Engineering Building was renovated in 2007. The building received new doors, energy efficient window, new paint and remote controlled overhead projectors in classrooms.
The Math/Sciences building was renovated in the summer of 2007. The building received new energy-efficient windows and new floors, overhead LCD projectors and marker boards were installed in classrooms, and the interior, ceilings and restrooms were painted.
Renovations to the Music Building and Recital Hall were done in two phases. In the first phase, which was back in 2007, the Music Building received new paint, new carpet in halls and Band Room, new practice rooms, and code upgrades. The Recital Hall, which hosts a variety of fine and performing art concerts for the community, got new paint, a new stage surface, new acoustical doors, new lobby entry, and a new ticket booth.
The second phase of construction for the Music Building and Music Recital Hall has been completed. The Recital Hall received new lighting, new interior doors and renovated seating. The final renovations to the Music Building include completing plaster and paint in Band Room, new equipment in Piano Room, and new smart classroom equipment.
In the summer of 2007, the Art Building completed its first phase of renovations, which included new floors in the halls, new display cases, new paint in rooms, a new tiled entry, a new disabled entry, and new lecture hall seating and flooring. Also in 2007, the building's Art Gallery, which regularly features art exhibitions, was expanded with new walls, a new black-painted ceiling, new lighting, a new security system, and new sliding glass entry doors that open into the Art Patio.
This summer, the second phase of renovations is underway. The building will get new windows, new flooring to remaining rooms and offices, new lighting, paint to additional areas and doors, and revised seating in the lecture hall.
In September 2008, the $46 million state-of-the-art Allied Health & Sciences Center opened to the public. The Center is the second new building funded by Proposition A/AA at Valley College. This new 98,000-square-foot building will house Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Anthropology, and Health Sciences departments and boasts 131 new rooms, tutorial labs and faculty offices.
The new 3-story teaching lab and classroom facility will have lab and office wings that form a courtyard at the structure's center. Located on the site of former bungalows at the corner of Burbank Blvd. and Fulton Street, the new facility and its plaza will function as an entrance to LAVC as well as a destination point along the pedestrian thoroughfare that runs within the campus.
This LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building designed by CO Architects incorporates energy-saving and sustainable components. It features energy efficient heating and cooling systems and lighting, rooftop photovoltaic panels for generating electricity, and a storm water retention system in the landscaping. The building also will be flexible enough to accommodate changes in curriculum over the life of the structure. Ashen + Allen's Sarah Dennison is the Principal in Charge and Frances Moore is the Project Architect.
The building was awarded a 2009 Green California Leadership Award in the category of "Green Building".
For more information regarding the Allied Health & Sciences Center, visit the BuildLACCD Web site.
A new Aquatics Center, which is located to the south of the North Gymnasium, was completed in 2008. As part of the Gymnasium Complex, which is home to North and South Gymnasiums and the Gymnastics Center, it will feature a new Olympic-sized swimming pool with diving boards and platforms, a training (Adapted Physical Education Center / Community Services) pool and a divers jacuzzi. A new pool equipment building is also house on site.
These pools are regularly used by the LAVC swimming and diving, and water polo teams, for physical education classes, and the community-at-large through our community services classes. The facility has benches and shade structures for spectators.
A dedication ceremony for the Aquatics Center (along with the Adapated Physical Education Center) was held on November 18, 2009.
For more information regarding the Aquatics Center, visit the BuildLACCD Web site.
The renovation of the Humanities Building took place in 2007. The building was updated with new energy efficient window, new doors, and new paint.
The Life Sciences Building and Planetarium were updated in 2009. The Planetarium was refurbished with an installation of a new elevator to the observation deck on the roof. In addition, the planetarium received new furniture.
The Theater Arts Building was completed in 2008, and is home to the Mainstage, Horseshoe and Shoebox Theaters. This partial renovation to the building includes updating the theatrical lighting, rigging and equipment and a lighting system upgrade.
In addition, the building now has new seats and carpet in Horseshoe, new ticket booth, new entry, new seating on west exterior, completely change Shoebox theater (black box) with new lighting, new floor, new tile in halls, new offices, convert classrooms into smart classrooms.
In February 2009, Los Angeles Valley College opened its newly renovated main Fulton Avenue entrance and Monarch Square. The area was updated to create new walkways and roadways for students to access the campus and its facilities.
The Fulton Street entry has new lighting, asphalt concrete paving, walkways, handicap accessible ramps and stairs, a new bus shelter and bus/car drop off area, improved pedestrian lighting and new directional signage.
Monarch Square now has new walkways, lighting, directional signage, and landscaping that will include drought-resistant plants and a drip irrigation system, which is a water-saving method that minimizes water usage by allowing water to drip slowly into soil.
To meet the needs of our disabled students, a new Adapted Physical Education Center (APEC) has been added as a new 5,000 square-foot wing of the North Gymnasium. The facility, which was part of the Gymnasium Complex renovation, was opened to students in 2009.
The new 5,000-square-foot gymnasium includes an exercise room that be home to physical education classes for individuals with physical disabilities. It also contains specially adapted aerobic and weight training machines designed to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities, such as wheelchair accessibility. The new center, in conjunction with an accessible pool in the adjacent Aquatics Center, allows Valley College to provide a complete training and rehabilitation program for students and the community.
College and District officials celebrated the opening of the Adapted Physical Education Center (along with the Aquatics Center) on November 18, 2009.
For more information regarding the Adapted Physical Education Center, visit the BuildLACCD Web site.
The construction of The Belle & Harry Krupnick Media Arts Center (TV Studio) was completed in 2009. As an addition to the Motion Picture Building, this new facility provides a production/learning studio that is aligned with the new studio at CSUN and with local industry. It houses a new state-of-the-art television production studio where students can gain real-world skills on broadcast and motion picture production.
The building 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.
A ribbon cutting event, which included members of the Krupnick family as well as district and college officials, was held on December 15, 2015.
The college's central plant was upgraded to increase the college's energy efficiency through multiple energy components in the Central Plant, Campus Center and through an in-ground distribution system. This project included upgrades to equipment in the Central Plant including pumps and replacement of a chiller, replacement of the roof of the Campus Center building and the installation of new solar water heating tubes, and the completion of piping to close the utility loop at the north end of the campus. In addition, the Campus Center classrooms in the basement were updated with new paint and furniture.
The Gymnasium Complex, which comprises of the North Gym, South Gym, and the Gymnastics Center, has been remodeled to include a new 5000 square-foot addition to the Adapted Physical Education Center and added a new Aquatics Center.
The North Gymnasium is home to a dance studio, health offices, fitness activity room, offices, main gymnasium, exercise room, and a conference room. It is being updated with a new roof, new paint, new dance floor and lighting in the Dance Studio, and new conference room furniture. The Adapted Physical Education Center, which is a state-of-the-art gym with specialized equipment for individuals with limited physical mobility or ability, has been added to the west side of the North Gymnasium. The new Aquatics Center includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a Community Services/Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) pool, and a warm-up jacuzzi for divers.
Renovations to the South Gym include a new roof, new paint, some new furniture, new equipment and carpet in the Fitness Center, a new workroom and renovations to offices. The building houses the Physical Education department offices, a fitness center, team locker rooms, a training room, main gymnasium, equipment room, a satellite training room, and a buffet/kitchen.
The Gymnastics Center will have the roof repaired, new paint and new gymnastics equipment.
The college installed new signs for public safety and general campus information throughout the campus, including ADA signage.
The new 70,000 square-foot Student Services Complex opened in 2010. Housed on the site of the former Physics and Chemistry building, the complex comprises of two adjacent buildings houses a variety of student services.
The following offices are now located in the new complex: Financial Aid, Counseling, Admissions & Records, Career Transfer Center, Business Office, Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS), Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), Personal Development Classroom, Student Outreach & Recruitment, Associated Student Union (ASU), Office of the Vice President of Student Services, Student Assessment Center and Placement Center.
The college held a groundbreaking on April 23, 2009 and a dedication event on November 15, 2010 to celebrate the new building.
A dedication event and open house was held for the Student Services Complex on November 15, 2010. Pictured (from left to right): LAVC Acting Vice President of Student Services Florentino Manzano, LAVC President Dr. Susan Carleo, LACCD Interim Vice Chancellor for Educational Programs and Institutional Effectiveness, LACCD Board of Trustees President Georgia L. Mercer, LACCD Chancellor Dr. Daniel J. LaVista, LACCD Board of Trustees Second Vice President Nancy Pearlman, LACCD Student Trustee Linda L. Tong, and LAVC ASU Commission of Public Relations Christian Fierro.
For more information regarding the Student Services Center, visit the BuildLACCD Web site.
As part of college-wide improvements to our parking lots and walkways, Parking Lot A and the southern portion of College Road South was renovated. The improvements to the area include improving traffic flow in the lot, adding additional parking spaces, creating a new pedestrian walkway to the Metro stop on Fulton Avenue and Burbank Boulevard, installing new parking lot lighting and new blue light emergency phone stations to ensure safety on campus, and erecting a college marquee to identify the campus and provide information on campus events and activities. Parking Lot A and College Road South reopened for public use on August 22, 2011.
Parking Lot D was renovated as part of Parking Lot/Internal Roads project. The project, which is located between the Maintenance & Operations building and the Child Development & Family Complex, included the installation of Photovoltaic arrays and resurfacing of the parking lot surface. In addition, a parking paystation was added to enable students and guests to purchase daily parking permits.
The Child Development & Family Complex is the new home of the Child Development Center, the Child Development department and the Family Resource Center. The complex, which started construction in 2008, comprises of three separate structures that provide child development courses, developmentally appropriate programs for children of students, faculty, staff, and the community, and special programs and services for the community.
The Child Development Center (CDC) offers developmentally appropriate programs including a Day Preschool Program (kids 3-5 years-old), a Afternoon After-Kindergarden Program (kids who attend kindergarden in the morning), and an Evening School-Age Program (kindergarden-13 years-old).
Adjacent to the CDC, is the Child Development Department (CDD) building, which includes four smart classrooms, faculty office spaces, a department reception area and a conference room that will be shared by the entire complex. These areas will be in addition to the classroom space currently in use in the Math Science Building.
The Family Resource Center (FRC) will be a 2,000-square-foot, one-story, wood framed building featuring a large multi-purpose space with smaller support areas. Its focus is to train the early childhood workforce and to provide community families with programs for young children. The FRC is being built with a $1.5 million donation from the J.H. Synder Corporation, and it will be located adjacent to the new Child Development classrooms and offices and the new Child Development Center.
On August 7, 2008, the college broke ground on the Child Development Complex. The district and college officials gathered at the building for a dedication ceremony on October 14, 2011.
Artist drawings of the exterior and interiors of the new Child Development & Family Complex. The Complex will house the Child Development Center, Child Development department and the Family Resource Center.
For more information regarding the Child Development & Family Complex, visit the BuildLACCD Web site.
In 2009, construction began on the new Library and Learning Resource Center. The 93,000-square-foot facility was built on the same site as the college's original library.
The new two-story library is 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. The second floor of the building houses the Academic Resources Center, which is the new home for the Zuckerman Writing Center, Math Lab, Reading Lab, General Tutoring, a Computer Commons, and a Faculty/Staff Resource Center. In addition, it is the new home of the LAVC Historical Museum, which is also be located on the second floor.
The Library and Academic Resource Center – which was designed by Pfeiffer Partner Architects – features sustainable materials and attributes, such as a heat-reducing roof.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on November 18, 2009, and a ribbon cutting event was held on October 15, 2013.
For more information regarding the Library & Academic Resource Center, visit the BuildLACCD Web site.
The college's Information Technology (IT) Department recieved infrastructure upgrades to the Omega Data Center (in the old Administration Building) and to the Alpha Data Center (in Campus Center). In addition, there were interior improvements to the Campus Center Building to provide offices and workspace for the IT Department.
Construction of a new building to house the college's Omega Data Center, the Main Point of Entry (MPOE), a N.O.C., and Information Technology department office spaces. This project, which was completed in 2014, is part of the Community Workforce Development (CWFD) Center Project.
The new Parking Structure is centrally located next to the to-be-built Student Union, which will be new hub of activity for students, faculty, staff and visitors. It's location at the heart of the campus, will provide easy access to campus activities and athletic events.
The new four-level parking structure will provide the campus with 1,200 parking spots for students, faculty, staff and visitors. It will include a display noting the number of available parking spots on each level as well as charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Student and visitor vehicles will be able to access to the parking structure from Ethel Avenue. Faculty and staff will be able to access the parking structure from Emelita Street.
For more information regarding the Parking Structure, visit the BuildLACCD Web site.
The new Alumni Walk, which was completed as part of the Community Services Center project, now serves as a new walkway to the Athletics area of the campus. This newly landscaped area is located between the Aquatics Center and the South Gymnasium. The area will feature special alumni brinks, with names of LAVC alumni who have purchased a commemorative brick through the LAVC Foundation.
The 18,000-square-foot Community Services Center (CSC) is the new home of the LAVC Community Services, Gymnastics Center and Monarch Summer Camp. The building is located on the southeastern corner of Ethel and Hatteras and adjacent to Monarch Stadium and the to-be-constructed Athletic Training Facility.
The CSC is a multipurpose facility with a unique combination of instructional, activity and administrative spaces. The instructional zone features 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, it features an indoor 30-foot climbing wall. The Administrative Zone houses the Community Services Program office suite.
Green features include a bio-retention garden for collecting storm water run-off, natural ventilation throughout the CSC building for efficient air conditioning consumption, and natural lighting for efficient energy consumption.
The college held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Community Services Building on May 7, 2013, and the building was dedicated on March 24, 2015.
A new gymnatics area will also be part of the Community Services Center.
A dedication event was held on March 24, 2015 to celebrate the opening of the Community Services Center. Pictured (from left to right): LAVC Community Services Parent Monica Alatorre, LACCD Board Member Mona Field, LAVC Community Services Center Student Darya Alatorre, LACCD Board Member Steve Veres, LACCD Board of Trustees President Scott Svonkin, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, LAVC President Erika Endrijonas, LACCD Board Member Nancy Pearlman, and LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez.
For more information regarding the Community Services Center, visit the BuildLACCD Web site.
Within the scope for the Campus Improvements, Building Upgrade includes interior and exterior improvements throughout the campus. The project also included heating and air conditioning (HAVC) improvements for the existing BDF rooms and a paint booth in the Maintenance & Operations Building. This project started in 2011 and was completed in 2015.
Kent Twitchell's iconic mural "The Old Woman of the Freeway" (or "Freeway Lady") has found its new home on the side of the college's Student Services Center.
Originally painted near the Hollywood Freeway, the mural was lost when it was painted over in 1986. After many years of trying to resurrect this iconic piece of Los Angeles public art, the LAVC Public Art Committee selected the repainting of Twitchell's "Freeway Lady" to be the first public art project on the campus.
The mural was completed in Fall 2015. The college held an official unveiling event for the Freeway Lady on April 14, 2016.
For more information regarding the Freeway Lady, visit the Public Art at LAVC Web page.
Kent Twitchell in the process of installing the "Freeway Lady" mural on the northwest side of the Student Services Center. The mural, which was completed in Fall 2015, can be seen from Fulton Avenue.
The Monarch Athletic Center (formerly known as the athletic training facility) will include new 23,000 SF stadium field house, which will house the the football team, soccer team, and track/field. The new stadium field house will include coaches office, locker rooms, and equipment rooms. It will also include two large classrooms and a weight room. The project will also include adding a new baseball and softball fields.
The college held a groundbreaking ceremony on January 15, 2015.
An official ribbon cutting for the building will be held on December 7, 2016.
The award-winning Student Union (previously called the Monarch Center), will be a new hub of activity for students, faculty, staff and visitors at the "heart" of the campus.
As a new gathering and meeting place for students, the 41,000-square-foot Student Union will bring together student-centered services such as the Cafeteria, Campus Bookstore, Student Health Center / Student Psychological Services, Business Office, and the Associated Student Union (ASU) offices. Located adjacent to the new Parking Structure, it will also be home to the new Lion's Den, a dedicated space for students to gather and relax between classes, as well as a coffee bar.
One of the highlights of this new building will be a unique "skybox" feature with panoramic views of the campus from the outdoor patio and walkway, with sheltered seating underneath for student gatherings. In addition, the new cafeteria dining area opens up to the covered outdoor patio that can be used as a student event plaza.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 27, 2014.
Since the Cafeteria, Business Office, Student Health Center / Student Psycholocial Services and Student Life Office moved in the building in February 2016 and the Bookstore and Lion Cafe moved in April 2016, the building has recieved numberous awards for its excellent design and construction. To date the project has recieved the 2016 Award of Merit in the Higher Education/Research category for Southern California from Engineering News Record (ENR) California, an 2016 Award of Merit in the Educational Facilties category from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), and a 2016 Award of Excellence in Design from the Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC).
LAVC will hold an official dedication ceremony on December 7, 2016.
An artist rendering of the exterior of the Student Union and the dining area of the Cafeteria.
For more information regarding the Student Union, visit the BuildLACCD Web site.
A second phase of the Community Services project, which includes the demolition of the old Community Services and old Gymnastic Center kwansit huts, began on February 2016. The project includes the construction of the football practice fields, a walking track for the community to use, a new Parking Lot F, and a continuation of the the alumni walk on east side of Ethel Avenue. The project was completed in October 2016.