Los Angeles Valley College celebrated the opening of the college’s new Community Services Center (CSC), a beautiful new building that will house the college’s Community Services Department, Gymnastics Center and the Monarch Summer Camp, and will include a variety of learning and athletic spaces. The CSC is built to high sustainability standards.
“The building we are celebrating today exemplifies what community colleges are all about, both preparing our students for the jobs the Los Angeles economy is producing and providing services and facilities to the communities around our campuses,” said Board of Trustees President Scott Svonkin at the March 24 event.
“Our Building Program is all about helping students and local residents achieve their dreams and improve their lives, and this new building at Valley will help make that possible.”
The CSC is a multipurpose facility combining instructional, activity and administrative spaces. The instructional zone features a dividable lecture hall designed to accommodate a variety of Community Services programs, and a Computer Lab that will be used as an Athletics Study Hall during the day and an instructional classroom at night.
The activity zone includes the Gymnastics Center and two large multi-purpose rooms for various dance, martial arts, community wellness and student activities. In addition, the activity zone features an indoor 30-foot climbing wall. The administrative zone houses the Community Services Program office.
“Our new Community Services Center is an exciting addition to Valley College,” said Dr. Erika Endrijonas, Valley College president. “It combines athletics facilities with instructional spaces, and our multipurpose Computer Lab is particularly welcome.
“Plus, I’m looking forward Los Angeles Valley College Celebrates Opening of New Community Services Center to attracting residents from all our surrounding communities with the new services we are providing. We are definitely polishing the jewel that is Valley College.”
The new building is about 29,000 square feet in size, and its $23 million budget was paid for with funding approved by voters as part of the $6 billion Los Angeles Community College Building Program. Valley College is one of nine colleges that make up the Los Angeles Community College District. Valley College is in the midst of a $626 million program to renovate and modernize the campus to better serve the San Fernando Valley and all of Los Angeles.
“Community service centers like the one we are dedicating today demonstrate our commitment to be integral parts of the communities we serve,” said Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, chancellor of the nine-college LACCD. “At the same time, the sustainability features built into this beautiful new building show that LACCD continues to be serious about minimizing our impact to the environment and being good stewards of our communities.”
Built for sustainability, the Center’s green features include bio-retention areas to mitigate stormwater run-off, the use of drought-resistant California native plants and trees, low-flow bathroom fixtures for increased water efficiency, low-flow irrigation for increased water efficiency, low VOC paints and adhesives to be used, large overhang roofs to reflect and minimize solar heat gain while provide shading on hot days, natural ventilation in gymnastic spaces, and solar reflective glass to minimize solar heat gain within building.