Solano College lays out Measure Q process

By From page A3 | January 24, 2013

FAIRFIELD — There’s a lot of work to be done before Solano Community College leaders can begin talking about exactly how to spend hundreds of million in bond money.

A timeline and schematics of proposed projects were presented Wednesday as the Board of Trustees got its first update on Measure Q, a $348 million facilities bond passed by voters in November.

The goal is to modernize and construct new buildings at the Fairfield, Vacaville and Vallejo campuses. Along with new buildings, several new trades and services are proposed to be added to the curriculum over the next few decades.

Trustees were given a look at what will take place over the coming months. They were also presented with a list of priorities of projects for the three campuses. Renderings of what those campuses could someday look like were also shown. Finally, they got a breakdown of how the bonds may be sold and what additional staffing may be needed to execute the changes.

In the next 30 days, the college must interview candidates for program management services that will oversee the bond spending. With that will come agreements with project labor groups and architectural services. The environmental review process will also start in that period, according to reports.

Applications will be sought for the oversight committee and the committee members will be appointed in the next 60 days, reports said.

While some trustees gave their opinion of how things should be situated and how the process should go, they were reminded that there would be plenty of chances for them to officially weigh in.

“My thought is we move very cautiously and slowly,” said Trustee Denis Honeychurch. “It sounds good, but I’m concerned how fast you’re speaking and how fast you are planning this.”

Honeychurch was speaking to Rob Barthelman, vice president of STV/VBN Architecture. Barthelman gave the presentation that showed off the drawings of the campuses and laid out the priority of the projects.

For the Fairfield campus, the priorities in order included a new music and drama building, a student forum, a new library, new science and math buildings and a vocational training building.

For Vacaville, Barthelman said a multiple-science and biotechnology building is the first priority. After that is a corporate training center, an agricultural area, money to be set aside for future renovations and finally a fire science training facility.

In Vallejo, plans revolve around a new building and acquiring land for expansion. Several trustees expressed their desire for multiple options for the new layout.

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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  • George Guynn, JrJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:38 am

    I hear too much talk about buildings and not much about programs or jobs for students. Also, the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District didn't go for project labor agreements and saved a lot of money. How come the college doesn't want to do the same? Could it be money wasting time already?!!!!

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