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September 30, 2009 > Ohlone opens new Student Services building

Ohlone opens new Student Services building

Submitted By Bob Brunton

In a new boardroom filled with many local dignitaries, Ohlone proudly introduced its new Student Services support building at the Fremont Campus.

The opening completes the last major component of the $150 Million Bond passed in 2002. It provides a new entrance and grand welcoming for students and visitors to Ohlone. TBP Architects created an outstanding structure that bridged the old campus design with modern features. It fits like a glove and provides a warm and confident first impression. Designed for function, to provide a full complement of student services in a single building the Student Services building with its three circular floors provides the student with what vice president Ron Travenick called a "full hug of student supporting services."

Environmental sustainability was part of its design; while certification has not yet been finalized it is expected to earn the LEED Gold Standard. Employees have also gained with well-ventilated and naturally lighted offices and students have already benefited from improvements in coordinated and closer communications. Included is a permanent board meeting room for groups such as student government and the Board of Trustees. In addition an area has been designated as the Dan and Marie Archer Art Gallery.

It was decided during construction that services often associated with a Student Union such as Cafeteria, Bookstore, and places for meeting and recreation would not be included in the new building. The Student Services building does not contain classrooms. Lost classroom capacity has been shifted to the recently opened Newark Ohlone Center.

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