Foundation for the A400 building is currently being laid out. The building is set to open next fall. (Photograph/Hannah Tavares)
Irvine Valley College broke ground on August 12 on the new A400 building that will house the School of Humanities and Languages.
The $9.1 million, two-story, 27,000 square foot building will replace the former single-story, 12,094 square foot structure, which was demolished in June.
“The complex was one of the original buildings built during the 1970s and it was one of the oldest sections on campus,” President of IVC, Glen Roquemore.
Exterior rendering of the A400 building after completion. (Image courtesy of SOCCCD Facilities Planning and Purchasing)
The building will include seven, 30-seat classrooms and three, 40-seat classrooms. It will also have 2 classroom which will be able to hold 45 seats. The new building will include an Anthropology and Geography Lab. The building will also be home to a writing center as well as school’s Honors program.
“The redevelopment of A400 building is part of IVC’s Education Facilities Master Plan which is updated every 6 years,” President Roquemore said. “These projects are always executed to serve out students.”
According to DLR Group’s website, IVC’s decision in completely demolishing the A400 Building comes from the outdated quality of the building. The building’s foundation had be completely taken out and is being redone.
The redevelopment of Irvine Valley College’s A400 Building began on Jun. 12, 2013 when Southern California Community Colleges District placed a request for qualifications for commissioning services for the redevelopment of the building.
According to the President’s Report for Aug. 14, a ceremonial ground breaking took place on Aug. 12. with President Roquemore speaking in the ceremony. Those in attendance at the ceremony were students, faculty, staff and trustees from South Orange County Community.
The project is being constructed through a partnership between design architects and DLR Group and Swinerton Builders. The construction for the building will be take place 12 months and end in the Fall of 2015.