Bond Measure V
Measure V Overview
Measure V is the Santa Barbara City College construction improvement bond measure passed on the June 3, 2008 ballot. The bond measure provides a total of $77.2 million to help the college upgrade its deteriorating infrastructure and improve the campus’ physical environment. By law, Measure V funds cannot be used for operational expenditures or salaries. January 25, 2008 press release
The SBCC District Board named seven community members to the Measure V Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee in Fall 2008. The
group, which meets three times a year, reviews expenditures, informs the public of the bond program’s status, and provides
an annual report to the Board of Trustees.
January 15, 2009 press release and annual report
Several SBCC projects are currently under construction or have recently been completed, with many others in various stages of development and design. In addition to the major capital construction projects, several deferred maintenance projects are part of the bond program.
Impact of State Budget Crisis/Postponement of SoMA
When Measure V was first developed and proposed, SBCC anticipated matching funds from the State of California for a number of the projects. In 2009, the ongoing state budget crisis made it apparent that the majority of these matching funds would not be forthcoming for at least three to five years.
After careful consultation and deliberation, the SBCC District Board and Administration made the decision to postpone the
building of a new School of Media Arts (SoMA) due to the anticipated reduction in funding from the state. Should additional
funding become available from the state or from other sources at a later time, the project will be reconsidered.
August 28, 2009 press release
With the loss of matching state funding, the construction schedule for a number of other major construction projects will be accelerated as state approval for various phases of work will no longer be required.
Major Building Renovation Under Way
Of the capital construction projects, one is under construction while two others are in the design phase.
The Drama/Music Building Modernization project on West Campus is underway. Partially supported with state funds, building construction began in June 2009. In addition to a wide range of Theatre Arts’ classes, the complex houses the Garvin Theatre, a well-known college and community venue. Although this project has experienced delays due to unforeseen conditions discovered during the demolition process, the project team is working to minimize impacts to the project and the campus. Barring any further delays, it is anticipated that the building will be completed by the end of 2010 or early in 2011.
• The two capital construction projects that are currently under design are the Humanities Building Improvements and the Campus Center Building Improvements on East Campus. The college has hired architectural design firms to perform an analysis on each building and begin the design process for these projects. As temporary space to house displaced classes is limited, the college will review preliminary analysis and design documents for both projects to determine which one will be constructed first. The first project selected will likely begin construction during Summer 2011.
Campus Improvement Projects Completed or Under Way
Several campus improvement projects have been constructed or are under construction.
The renovation of the pedestrian bridge linking East Campus and West Campus was one of the first projects to begin under Measure V. Once construction started in June 2009, it became apparent that the magnitude of the work needed was greater than first estimated. The project was modified to include replacement of all damaged structural members, and the bridge was shored with large steel beams and columns during construction so that it could remain in operation while the project was under way. Work was fully completed in April 2010.
The Luria Conference and Press Center at La Playa Stadium was dedicated in May 2010. This project involved the removal of the old press box and construction of a new press box and coaches’ room, as well as two general use conference rooms for athletes, students, faculty and the community. Major funding for this project was received from the Luria Family and other private donors, along with Measure V dollars. May 7, 2010 press release
Beginning in May 2010, La Playa Stadium’s track and field were re-surfaced. Both have become worn over time, with the field in particular no longer a safe playing environment for athletics. Resurfacing both the track and field ensures the optimal environment for athletics, Physical Education courses, and community members who use the stadium for walking, running and exercising. Construction was completed at the end of August 2010. April 27, 2010 press release
• In order to ensure efficient energy usage, SBCC has begun to adopt a campus-wide Energy Management System (EMS). Through increased equipment control and more efficient use of existing equipment for such services as air conditioning and lighting, the college will benefit from this project by decreasing energy costs and improving workplace comfort
• SBCC is in the early stages of enhancing security measures by implementing a campus-wide Electronic Keyless Entry System, with initial installations in the MacDougall Administration Building.
• The Pershing Park Softball Field, which has been in need of improvement for several years, is scheduled to be upgraded during Summer/Fall 2010. The work will include drainage improvements, dugout replacement, and installation of bullpens and a batting cage.
• Several other campus improvement projects have been completed on instructional space, including flooring replacement, door and hardware replacement and repair, exterior painting, interior painting, new heating and air conditioning units, roofing repairs, Phase I improvements to the Kinko’s Early Learning Center, and accessibility improvements for persons with disabilities.
• Upcoming campus improvement projects include Phase II improvements to the Kinko’s Early Learning Center, additional accessibility improvements, expansion of emergency generator-supported services, Wake Center parking lot improvements, additional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning improvements, interior and exterior painting, flooring replacement, trellis replacement, campus-wide network infrastructure improvements, campus-wide water system improvements, and installation of additional emergency phones.