Construction recently broke ground on the Foothill College campus for a new two-story office building for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.
Designed by Ratcliff Architects, the 24,000-square-foot facility will house office space for approximately 70 district administration employees, including the chancellor of the college district and employees in human resources, business services, purchasing and the district’s charitable foundation.
A connected single-story elliptical boardroom will seat up to 215 people and will be used for monthly board of trustees meetings and other functions.
Construction, estimated to total $23.8 million, will be paid for primarily with Measure C bond funds ($20 million), with a small portion coming from the district’s Capital Projects Fund.
The facility, constructed by Alten Construction Inc., will be built on part of an existing parking lot adjacent to the Foothill College campus.
The exterior of the building will feature a curtain wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, echoing the Silicon Valley style of many technology companies in the area. Inside, glass walls framed by wood paneling will provide accents. Small breakout rooms will be scattered across both floors, enabling staff from different departments to conduct meetings with employees from Foothill and De Anza colleges. The facility will also include storage for records and equipment and an employee breakroom. Construction is scheduled for completion in March 2018.
Since November 2013, district administration employees have been based in five temporary portable trailers. At that time, they moved into the trailers to await the renovation of the district administrative office building constructed in the late 1960s, a project completed in 2015. But before the project was finished, district officials realized that the renovated building would be better suited for the college’s educational technology services department. Plans subsequently began for a new building that would work more effectively for the district’s other centralized administrative services.
With administration employees located in temporary trailers for more than three years, Kevin McElroy, district vice chancellor of business services, said employees are looking forward to the completion of the new facility.
“Getting back under a single roof, into a facility with adequate storage space and convenient meeting spaces, will feel like a real privilege and truly improve both work flow and the natural osmosis among staff members,” he said.