By Derek Chartrand Wallace
A geological survey was conducted on July 12 at Conlan Hall by the Design Team behind the Ocean Campus’ proposed Student Success Center. During this time loading dock access was restricted and the parking lot was closed off temporarily so borings could be made to assess soil characteristics, which will determine the design and size of structural foundations for the future center.
Rosie Zepeda, Director of Media Relations at City College of San Francisco, stated in an email that the project “will consolidate over 30 student development programs such as academic counseling, tutoring, career center, transfer center, etc.”
According to Zepeda, construction is expected to begin in late Fall of 2022 in order to provide “improved access to services key to increasing and maintaining future enrollment” while “better serving historically marginalized student populations.”
Funding for this project was secured in the March 2020 general election through Proposition A. This facilities bond which provided City College with $845 million for new construction of sustainable and energy efficient buildings, was also expected to fund several environmental upgrades and seismic improvements intended to help put the community college on a path to a zero-carbon footprint.
The office of Facilities and Capital Planning for City College of San Francisco developed a “Facilities Master Plan” featuring “Priority Projects”. These included the Student Success Center, a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Center, renovations on the historic Main Building, the original Science Hall and on Cloud Hall, the building a Performing Arts and Education Center with Diego Rivera’s “Pan American Unity” mural and the creation of a new Child Care Center.