Skyline provides update on construction progress – The Skyline View
Completion is expected by 2024
Skyline College is expected to continue with major campus construction projects, the institution announced in a recent online open forum on April 7. Changes include improvements to buildings 1 and 2.
The Building 1 project is already underway and some aspects of the $15.5 million facelift have already been completed. Along with an assortment of office renovations, some restrooms and the photography lab were demolished. The floors in the choir hall were also removed.
“The facilities master plan is reviewed and updated every five years,” said Richard Storti, executive vice chancellor for district administrative services. “This is an opportunity to reassess the needs that may arise since the last Equipment Master Plan. Over the next five years, there will likely be changes and developments that will require updating the plan. The aim is to be proactive and carry out regular reviews to ensure that facilities support student learning to the highest degree possible.
Skyline announced that a multi-user restroom is being built and should be ready by the time students return to campus for the fall semester. In the summer, the construction of single-use toilets will begin and the building’s elevator should be completely renovated by October.
Arguably the most notable inclusion is fixes to the theater, which is currently open for limited-use activity and will soon be closed for the entire summer. Depending on the availability of elevator equipment, the theater may also be closed until the fall.
The Skyline Gallery will also be updated and will be available for limited use until the end of summer.
Early 2023 is Skyline’s projected conclusion for the construction of Building 1.
“I’m definitely in favor of this,” said Skyline Student Associate Student Body President Anthony Tran. “And I would certainly like to continue to see more gender-neutral bathrooms, disability access, and just making sure all of those needs are met while still making the campus look great.”
The Building 2 Workforce and Economic Development Prosperity Center project has a budget of $61 million and is awaiting Division of State Architects (DSA) approval, which the school expects by mid-April 2022. soon after, the plan is expected to move to the state chancellor’s office in June for a targeted fall construction start date.
The B2 project is considered a “gut of the building” with completely demolished interiors on three floors. The floor plan revealed for all three levels previews the expected outcome, showing new furniture and state-of-the-art design textures.
“State-of-the-art equipment is needed to support student learning and help them develop the skills and knowledge needed to pursue their educational goals,” Storti said. “Examples of state-of-the-art equipment include computer equipment, laboratory equipment and other equipment that supports our wide range of educational programs.”
The transfer center, admissions and counseling services, Promise Scholars headquarters, financial aid offices, and some classrooms are among those that have undergone an overhaul.
“Some buildings need some catching up, but I think we’ve definitely had great leadership and improvements on our campus,” Tran said. “I definitely trust all the people that are being built. They will keep accessibility for everyone in mind and just accept everyone here at Skyline.
Skyline expects to complete Building 2 renovations in the summer of 2024.
“While planning is only part of the equation, securing the resources needed to complete projects is a major consideration that often requires prioritization of projects,” Storti added.