New Child Development Center Offers Less Space

The new Child Development Center under construction on the former grounds of the Chancellor’s office on June 17, 2016. The estimated completion date for the project is August 11, 2016 (Photo by Cassie Ordonio/The Guardsman)
The new Child Development Center under construction on the former grounds of the Chancellor’s office on June 17, 2016. The estimated completion date for the project is August 11, 2016 (Photo by Cassie Ordonio/The Guardsman)

By Cassie Ordonio

A temporary home for the Child Development Center is being constructed on the site formerly home to the Chancellor’s bungalow at Ocean Campus.

Construction began last month and is to be finished by August 11, according to Marian Lam from the Facilities and Planning Department.

The cost for labor at the site is estimated to be $759,500, and the cost for the modular buildings themselves was $660,023.

The new buildings are actually trailers with smaller capacities than the former site, the rusted buildings near the intersection of Phelan and Judson Avenues. The current Child Development Center houses approximately 100 toddlers and preschoolers, while the capacity for the new trailer units is approximately 64.  

The new space is smaller due to the parking lot, Lam said.

Two playgrounds will be built on separate sides of the trailer—one for the toddlers, and the other for preschoolers.

What will be done with the previous Child Development Center buildings is still unknown, according to Marian Lam.