New architecture firm to build modern Campus Center


The Facilities Subcommittee met Monday to discuss the approval of the architecture firm that will head the Campus Center renovation and reconstruction.

After a rigorous interviewing process between seven firms, they’ve decided upon Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, RNT, to head the implementation of the Campus Center project.

RNT Architects headed projects in Goleta and Santa Barbara that include Isla Vista Elementary School and UCSB Material Research Lab.

“They really illustrated that they understood the parameters and scheduling of the project,” said Julie Hendricks, senior director of facilities, planning and campus development. “They hit all the primary points that we had going in to the project that needed to be addressed.”

The next step is to meet with the firm and begin actualizing the City College’s design for the building.

The construction of the building is not officially scheduled though Hendricks estimates it could happen within the next two-years. Currently there’s no official plan regarding the Campus Center restaurants and cafeteria during the construction process.

The project is estimated to cost $30 million to fund. The state will pay for $20 million so long as City College can match it $10 million.

“This is the first time we’ll be working with RNT and they have a very good track record,” said Joe Sullivan, vice president of business services. “So it’s exciting to be bringing them here.”