Since January of this year, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in East County has opened three new buildings on its two campuses, and as of fall 2007 will open two additional buildings.
A $19.7 million, 38,000-square-foot science laboratory building and a $17.6 million, 27,000-square-foot digital arts and sculpture complex were opened earlier this year on the Grossmont College campus, according to Joe Miner, program manager for Gafcon Inc., which is serving as project manager on the district's construction projects.
The arts complex, which was designed by Mosher Drew Watson Ferguson, features specialized classrooms and labs for photography, digital art, digital multimedia, media communications, sculpture and 3-D design/jewelry.
A new $24.7 million health science building for the Grossmont campus is in the design stages. The two-story, 66,291-gross-square-foot facility will house health professions programs, science labs and classrooms.
At the Cuyamaca campus, a new $25 million science and technology center was recently opened. The 60,000-square-foot center features nine-science labs, 10 computer labs and a 100-station open access computer center. Spencer/Hoskins Associates designed the facility.
By fall of this year, the Cuyamaca campus will introduce two additional new buildings, an $18.9 million student center and a $44 million Communication Arts facility. Both are currently under construction, Miner said.
The 40,803-gross-square-foot student center will accommodate a bookstore, student affairs administration, health center, student government, club offices and meeting rooms, multi-vendor food court, dining area/multipurpose (240-640 seats), snack/convenience store, student development services and support staff.
The 88,590-gross-square-foot communication arts facility will feature 18 labs and six classrooms.
Cuyamaca also has a business and computer information systems building in the design phase. The $18.5 million facility is slated to be 50,570 gross square feet and include 785 seat and at least 19 labs.