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in this issue >>>

final thoughts...

ONE

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

constituents

informed about current and upcoming

Facilities

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

informed.

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

meeting date.

of

the

college.

Committee

meetings rd

The are

Friday of the

better maintained, more state-of-the-art

Contact us at 760-245-4271, ext. 2250, 2199

www.vvc.edu/offices/facilities

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

campus.

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,

campus-wide

and approved. These lots are marked in red in the

beautification master plan.

photo below. Parking lots are dedicated to faculty and

This

staff during the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at

implemented

three

both beautiful

which time all parking becomes open to students as

phases, the first of which

and enduring.”

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

that

where

“The

landscape

plan

will in

be

landscape will be with

rock

cobble

and

decomposed granite.

The

different colors and textures of the rock materials will create movement and break up the large expanses of bare soil currently exists on campus.

Dr.

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

beautification

reading,

to

begin

the

project

process,

includes

the

studying

and

relaxing.

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

phases.

enduring.” said Interim Superintendent

The

goal

of

the

new

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-

Burn Tower

Public Safety Training Center.

use / joint-agency

A five-story training tower has been

The

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.

offers tremendous

Building Design

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

Memorandum of

during the hot desert summers. Classes have even been cancelled in the

Understanding between

past due to temperature issues.” ~ Jaye Tashima, Athletics Director

The College, ASB, Excelsior and the Cities of

current

evaporative

cooling

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

Next Time

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

Over

learning environment with special training

rinactment can take place, including

features, including the specific building

become

Construction will begin replacing parking

props to create the perfect setting for

useful

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.

located

emergency professionals.

repair. We will be replacing the current evaporative

Apple Valley on the corner of Johnson

ammunition.

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.

This

122

panel

array

covers

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

yoga

classes.

Even

a

&

lower

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

systems.

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

current

standards,

the

Facilities

has

advantages

of

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

assure

side of the building.

design and advertise the project for

considered.

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

begins.

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.

Counseling

system

to

with

supply 3 large homes each day. The

Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado

of

Cooley

volleyball

system

Victor Valley Community College

Generating Facility. California

front

months

17 – 19 are located in front of Automotive

Conditioning (HVAC) system.

areas of photovoltaic cells, creating

in

summer

Administration, PAC, SS1, and SS2. Lots

This type of system uses large area lenses to focus sunlight on small

the

direct

Department contracted to repair leaking

of Concentrating Photovolatic

have

expansion (DX) cooling system. This

meet

installing the largest single system

and

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

life,

that

PAC

performances

are

Work is scheduled to begin

VVCC Facilities Construction Newsletter - Issue # 1  

A newsletter from the Victor Valley Community College District's Facilities Construction Department to keep you up-to-date and informed.

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