OCC:New student services building opens


October 10, 2006|By JIM CARNETT

Construction has been progressing at a rapid pace on Orange Coast College's sprawling 164-acre campus since the passage of Measure C on the November 2002 ballot.

OCC's new four-story, $28-million, 56,000square-foot Watson Hall opened last week. The striking aluminum and glass structure, which serves as the college's new student services building, is an elaborately renovated and refurbished update of OCC's 38-year-old Norman E. Watson library. The building was completely gutted and modernized.

Watson Hall contains the college's enrollment center, counseling department and transfer center as well as a host of other student services and programs.


In 2000, OCC's library moved into a temporary facility on the northern perimeter of the campus. Construction is under way on a new 88,777-square-foot campus library/learning resource center. The impressive $33-million structure will be completed in the fall of 2007. It's being funded through both Measure C and state capital outlay funds.

This summer, the college dramatically upgraded, enhanced and improved 29 existing classrooms at a cost of $1.5 million. The classrooms were repainted and re-carpeted, and were refitted with new ceilings, lighting, data projectors and screens and white boards.

The finishing touches are being applied to OCC's Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, funded jointly by Measure C and the Orange Coast College Foundation. The arts pavilion, which contains two public art galleries and a student cafe, is set to open shortly after the first of the new year.

OCC's fitness center is slated to open in early spring. The center includes a weight training and fitness facility, football and baseball locker rooms, and a gymnasium and classroom. Improvements have also been made to OCC's LeBard Stadium, soccer field and baseball field.

Additionally, campus utility infrastructure has been substantially upgraded.

Construction will begin this spring on a renovation and expansion of Robert B. Moore Theatre, the Drama Lab, the Drama Lab Studio and the Music Building.

Exciting changes are taking place all over OCC's beautiful campus, thanks to the generous support of the citizens of coastal Orange County.

OCC hosts Latin music, dance and food fest Sunday

A festival that celebrates Latin music, dance, crafts and food will be staged Sunday on campus.

Titled "Dia de la Raza," the fest will run from noon to 6 p.m. in front of the Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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