IVC A400 building construction ongoing

According to a SOCCCD A400 building project report, site work renovation at bus stop is complete. (Courtesy of SOCCCD)

According to a SOCCCD A400 building project report, site work renovation at bus stop is complete. (Courtesy of SOCCCD)

In the works since 2012, construction work continues on Irvine Valley College’s latest large construction project around the A400 building near the entrance on campus.

The renovation and expansion project will create a new two-story building to house Humanities and Languages and Social and Behavioral Sciences, according to the DLR Group, an architectural design group linked to the project.

Demolition began June 18, 2014, with a projected completion date of June 2015. As of March 30, the scheduled finish date is May 2015 according to the South Orange County Community College District’s Facilities Plan Status Report.

The original project budget was set in 2011 at $ 3,004,051. In August 2012, the Board approved $11,463,000 additional to fund the project budget, according to the same report, and in June 2013, the board further approved $1,550,000 for furniture, fixtures and equipment.

According to the SOCCCD’s FPS Report, interior and exterior framing as well as roofing are 90 percent complete. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing installation as well as metal stud framing and exterior weatherproofing are currently in progress, according to another SOCCCD report.

IVC construction of the new A400 building has been reported by multiple district reports as close to completion. The building was intended to be operational by this fall semester. (Courtesy of SOCCCD)

IVC construction of the new A400 building has been reported by multiple district reports as close to completion. The building was intended to be operational by this fall semester. (Courtesy of SOCCCD)

The building is the district’s first design-build project, according to a press release from Swinerton Builders, a construction company working on the project. Swinerton set expected completion by August 2015 “with occupancy by the college planned for fall semester 2015,” according to the press release.

The new 27,000 square foot A400 building will house replacement classrooms and improved design, highly utilizing natural light.

“[It will] fit within the same footprint as the previous one-story A400 building (demolished on June 23, 2014), which was just over 14,000 square feet,” according to Swinerton. “The design of the classroom spaces will help the college best utilize state-allotted square footage, with the incorporation of the smaller classrooms to support a host of classes with enrollment caps, such as those in IVC’s writing program.”

The building will house seven 30-seat classrooms, three 40-seat classrooms, two 45-seat classrooms, an Honors Program area, an Anthropology/Geography Lab, a Writing Center, and offices.

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