in this issue >>>
Creating Curb Appeal ~ Campus Beautification Park Yourself Right Here
“With the passing of Bond Measure JJ in November 2009, the College,
A Campus for Training Our Hereos
for the first time in it’s nearly 50 years of operation, has the funds needed
Power from Our Closest Star
to create a greatly improved learning environment for its students.”
A Signal for Change
G.H. Javaheripour ~ V.P., Administrative Services
Fix the Gym Cooling System? No Sweat! Repairing Lots of Lots May 2010
A Newsletter from the Facilities Construction Department Keeping You Up-to-Date & Informed
We hope you have enjoyed the first issue
Institiution, we encourage input from all
of a newsletter created to keep you
informed about current and upcoming
projects taking place at the college. We
usually held on the 3
felt that with the passing of the Bond and
month at 3:00 p.m. in the West Wing
so many projects currently in the works, it
Conference Room (Administration Bldg.
was time to find a medium to keep you
#10). These meetings are where many
We anticipate sending out
of the recommendations for current and
issues of this newsletter on a quarterly
future projects get a voice. Meetings are
It’s as Easy as Boiling Water
basis, and encourage you to submit any
open to faculty, staff and students that
Breaking Ground on the Eastside
questions to the Facilities Department
might like to sit in. Just contact Michelle
that you would like to see addressed in
Messer at ext. 2199 to find out the next
future issues. As we strive to create a
Friday of the
better maintained, more state-of-the-art
Contact us at 760-245-4271, ext. 2250, 2199
coming soon >>>
In The Next Issue
Who Makes These Decisions Anyway? A One-Stop Shop ~ A Multitude of Services West Side Story
VVCC current topics >>>
Park Yourself Right Here Dedicated Faculty & Staff Parking Reinstated on Main Campus
your campus Creating Curb Appeal Making a good first impression counts! With change in leadership comes change in vision. Interim Superintendent / President,
“It is difficult to expect your students to be on time
Dr. Christopher O’Hearn’s vision is focused on VVCC’s main campus. Exciting changes
for class if you can’t get to class on time yourself.”
are coming your way, and these include a campus-wide beautification plan.
~ Debby Blanchard, P.E. Chair, Faculty
18422 Bear Valley Road Victorville, CA 92395
Victor Valley Community College District
The Board approved a contract with
water and maintenance required while
The Facilities Committee met to brainstorm and figure
local architects Frick, Frick, and Jette
creating a dramatic new look for the
out how best to provide parking for faculty and staff
who have teamed up with Webb Associates to design a
members. A recommendation for dedicated
The foundation for the landscape design will be large landscape boulder outcroppings mixed new
Faculty/Staff parking lots was presented to Cabinet,
and approved. These lots are marked in red in the
beautification master plan.
photo below. Parking lots are dedicated to faculty and
staff during the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at
which time all parking becomes open to students as
phases, the first of which
well. These changes will be implemented along with
will focus on the main
the parking lot repairs this summer.
entrance and frontage areas of the campus. In determining
landscape will be with
different colors and textures of the rock materials will create movement and break up the large expanses of bare soil currently exists on campus.
Decomposed granite will be used in
O’Hearn wanted to select areas that
combination with shade trees and
would make the biggest impact. The
benches to create seating areas for
creation of landscape standards and
Flowering shrubs, cacti and succulents
guidelines for trees, shrubs, landscape
will add color and interest. “The new
materials, and site furnishings for all
landscape will be both beautiful and
enduring.” said Interim Superintendent
guidelines is to reduce the amount of
President Dr. Christopher O’Hearn.
set the stage >>>
A Signal for Change
Fix the Gym Cooling System? No Sweat!
A Campus for Training our Hereos
With the signing of the
series of articles dedicated to
Fire/Police CERT City Prop Area
updating you on the
This is one of the primary
construction of the Eastside
components for the multi-
Public Safety Training Center.
use / joint-agency
A five-story training tower has been
specialized tactical training
designed to accommodate numerous
technology which the building was
signal at Bear Valley and Fish Hatchery
training exercises. Each side of the tower
originally built with is energy efficient
Roads will soon become a reality.
will be significantly different, providing
and normally works well in the High
Construction is scheduled to begin sometime
Desert climate. This system works by putting moisture into the air and
This is the first of an ongoing
Things are moving along quick, and we want you to be
programs at the center. It
informed of the progress.
opportunities for the development of
various challenging approach, planning
The Eastside Public Safety Training
complete role-playing training scenarios.
and access conditions.
Center, an independent campus located in
“For years the Main Gymnasium cooling system has been insufficient
during the hot desert summers. Classes have even been cancelled in the
past due to temperature issues.” ~ Jaye Tashima, Athletics Director
The College, ASB, Excelsior and the Cities of
Victorville and Hesperia, the long awaited
in early fall of 2010.
delivering it at a high volume. The
Repairing Lots of Lots
Indoor Shooting Range
draw back is the system does not work
and Navajo Road, combines an inviting
Within the campus plan is a nine-lane
The next issue dedicated to this amazing
well when outside humidity levels are
indoor tactical firing range where scene
new facility will look at sustainability
high. These systems are past their
learning environment with special training
rinactment can take place, including
features, including the specific building
Construction will begin replacing parking
props to create the perfect setting for
shoot-don’t shoot situations using paint
design plan and solar technology to help in
increasingly unreliable and costly to
lots 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18 and 19. Lots 5 – 8 are
educating future police, fire, and medical
ball, laser or similar nonlethal
the overall operating costs of this campus.
repair. We will be replacing the current evaporative
Apple Valley on the corner of Johnson
bright ideas >>>
Power from Our Closest Star
(CPV) technology in North America.
Save the Date! The Solar Plant Grand Opening is scheduled for May 25, 2010, 9:30 a.m.
approximately 6 acres of the lower
a high concentration of direct
campus. Each array (see above) is 18
sunlight and higher efficiency.
feet tall by 26 feet wide. The system tracks the sun independently throughout the day and produces enough power to
and Voc. Ed. Along with the removal and
commencement ceremonies took place in
capital cost, less maintenance, and
replacement of the existing asphalt, Cooley
the main gym in the past.
easier installation over other cooling
will create a better path of travel for students
and staff within the lots.
The Facilities and Maintenance &
While there will be some inconvenience
Operations departments are working
during this work, the Facilities Department
together with the architect, structural,
has worked diligently with the contractor to
expansion joints in the walls on the south
and electrical engineers to complete a
side of the building.
design and advertise the project for
Now the focus for this facility is on
contractors to bid on. We anticipate
after the end of the spring semester, and
upgrading the Heating, Ventilation, and Air
completion during the fall semester,
completed well before the fall semester
taking advantage of the seasonal
transition of mild weather.
ask the experts >>>
Q: How many rooms are on the campus? A: The main campus has 731 rooms.
college will save an estimated $20
The college’s 253 acres is comprised of 41 buildings, and 731 classrooms, labs,
District, in conjunction with Solfocus,
million over the next 25 years, including
offices and meeting rooms. It also includes multiple athletic fields, tennis courts,
Inc. invites you to attend the Grand
almost $4 million of incentive money
a five acre lake, and an abundance of open land for future building sites.
Opening of the One-Megawatt Solar
from California Solar Initiative.
Very few campuses have the room that VVCC has to expand.
will be giving the keynote address.
supply 3 large homes each day. The
Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado
Victor Valley Community College
Generating Facility. California
17 – 19 are located in front of Automotive
Conditioning (HVAC) system.
areas of photovoltaic cells, creating
Administration, PAC, SS1, and SS2. Lots
This type of system uses large area lenses to focus sunlight on small
Department contracted to repair leaking
of Concentrating Photovolatic
expansion (DX) cooling system. This
installing the largest single system
is used for everything from wrestling to
In an ongoing effort to update facilities and
Victor Valley Community College is
Solar Generating Facility
Built in 1994, this 31,500 square foot facility
Work is scheduled to begin
A newsletter from the Victor Valley Community College District's Facilities Construction Department to keep you up-to-date and informed.