Apr 13, 2022 — The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Science Building at Fresno City College was held April 21 at the site near Weldon and Blackstone avenues. The new structure will serve as the new “front door” to the campus.
Construction on the $87 million project is underway and should be completed mid-2024 with occupancy expected in the fall. The new Science Building replaces the old one built on the FCC campus in 1973. Funding consists of $79 million from the 2016 Measure C facilities bond, $5 million from Fresno Unified School District, and $3 million from the FCC budget.
The 87,000 square foot building is three levels featuring modern labs across the science disciplines that include biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, math, and physics. Tutoring spaces and flexible study areas will be available for students.
“The new Science Building will be a signature building for California’s first college and features a strong architectural link to the college’s historical past while offering students a bright future. Professionals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields are undeniably in high demand. This new building has been thoughtfully designed to serve the educational needs of our students who are seeking education in STEM fields,” said Dr. Carole Goldsmith, chancellor of the State Center Community College District.
In addition to the Math, Science and Engineering Division it will also be home to Design Science Middle College High School, continuing a great partnership with Fresno Unified School District. Design Science Middle College High School offers a dual enrollment program that gives students the possibility to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree at the same time.
“Congratulations to Fresno City College on the construction of your new science building. We are grateful for our dual enrollment partnership with you and we know that our Design Science High School students will thrive here. Thank you for your commitment in helping our students achieve their greatest potential,” said Bob Nelson, Fresno Unified School District Superintendent.
The new Science Building, designed by Lionakis Architects and being built by Harris Construction, is one of five building projects by Fresno City College. Other construction projects are a new parking structure across the street from the Science Building, a new Child Development Center adjacent to the building and off campus sites, the West Fresno Center on Church Avenue and the First Responders Center at North and Willow avenues.
“The Fresno City College groundbreaking is another demonstration of our commitment to the voters of Measure C. This new college facility will reshape the future of many generations to come,” added Dr. Goldsmith.
Those who wish to attend the Ground Breaking Ceremony in-person are asked to RSVP on Eventbrite
See the FCC press release.