Parking Lot Closures For Repairs and Re-Striping

Campus parking lots will be closed on a rolling basis for the next three weeks due to asphalt repairs and re-striping.

All-Day Closures

  • Friday 7/28 – Lot 1
  • Monday 7/31 and Tuesday 8/1 – Lot 2 and Lot 3
  • Wednesday 8/2 – Lot 6
  • Thursday 8/3 and Friday 8/4 – Lot 4
  • Monday 8/7 and Tuesday 8/8 – Lot 5
  • Wednesday 8/9 and Thursday 8/10 – Lot 7
  • Friday 8/11 through Friday 8/18 – Lot 8

Dates subject to change. Improvements to the College Circle will be confirmed at a later date.

Plans Available for Measure J-Funded Veterans Resource Center

Cypress College is committed to serving its student veterans. The Measure J bond approved by District voters in 2014 provides the College with the necessary resources to significantly upgrade technical job training facilities, aging classrooms, and veteran amenities. Plans and renderings for the new Veterans Resource Center, Veterans Memorial Plaza, and Tribute Garden are now available. For the full presentation, click here.

This is what the Pond and current Student Activities Center area of the Cypress College campus will look like when the VRC and Veterans Memorial Plaza and Tribute Garden are completed.
The Pond and current Student Activities Center area of the Cypress College campus will look like this when the VRC, Veterans Memorial Plaza, and Tribute Garden are completed.
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The new VRC will be built in front of the current Student Activity Center and connected to the existing building, which will be renovated. The new SAC will also house the International Student Program.
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This is a detailed floor plan of the new Veterans Resource Center and Student Activities Center.
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This is a rendering of the front of the VRC building. In planning sessions with constituent groups, veterans voiced their desire for glass paneling that would not impede their view of their surroundings.
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The new VRC lobby is expected to look something like this.
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This is a detailed drawing of the new VRC, Veterans Memorial Plaza, and Tribute Garden. The garden will feature the U.S. flag, flags of the five military branches, and POW flag.
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This is a photo rendering of the VRC, Veterans Memorial Plaza, and Tribute Garden from the northeastern corner of the Pond area.
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This is a photo rendering of an aerial shot of the College’s new Pond area.

Veterans Resource Center and Student Activities Center Timeline

Program Validation: December 2016-February 2017
Schematic Design: February-April 2017
Design Development: April-July 2017
Construction Documentation: July-October 2017
Groundbreaking: June 2018
Construction Completion: August 2019
Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment: August-September 2019
Opening: September 2019

Veterans Memorial Plaza Timeline

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Please remember all future dates are tentative and highly subject to change.

Measure J Construction to Begin June 2018

***Timelines Updated Wednesday, April 19, 2017***

Planning and design of Cypress College’s Measure J construction projects are currently underway. Groundbreaking for both the new SEM building and new Veterans Resource Center with renovated Student Activities Center begins next April and June, respectively.

The new SEM building is expected to open April 2020; the new VRC and renovated SAC are anticipated to open at the end of 2019.

The pond area will be impacted by construction and laydown areas during the projects. Due to noise and obstructed passageways, events should be held elsewhere during construction.

The new SEM building will be built in a portion of Lot 7 near the current SEM building. The entire lot will be closed during construction.

SEM Building Timeline

Program Validation: June-October 2016
Schematic Design: November 2016-March 2017
Design Development: March-July 2017
Construction Documentation: June-October 2017
Groundbreaking: June 2018
Construction Completion: June 2020
Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment: June-September 2020
Opening: September 2020

Veterans Resource Center and Student Activities Center Timeline

Program Validation: December 2016-February 2017
Schematic Design: February-April 2017
Design Development: April-July 2017
Construction Documentation: July-October 2017
Groundbreaking: June 2018
Construction Completion: August 2019
Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment: August-September 2019
Opening: September 2019

Veterans Memorial Plaza Timeline

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Please remember all future dates are tentative and highly subject to change.

Earth Day 2016: Carbon Footprint Reduced by 73,800 Metric Tons

2016-Earth Day chart

Green emissions reduced:

by 2017 Cypress College will lower its carbon

footprint by approximately 73,800 metric tons.

Those who have visited campus recently can see results of the College’s efforts to reduce overall water usage. Medians and buffer landscapes have been left to take on their natural golden hues. Overall, the College’s reduction in exterior water use amounts to a 30 percent in savings. This institutional effort was piloted even before the state’s broader campaign to respond to the region’s historic drought.

Rethinking water usage is just one part of a broader conservation plan that includes waste management, energy reduction, and emissions controls. In the coming year, construction work will begin on a thermal storage tank and chiller for the north side of campus. Plans for 2016 also include installation of the campus’ first photovoltaic solar panels. Since 2009, purchased electricity will have fallen from 10.1 million kilowatt hours to 1.5 million kilowatt hours.

By 2017, projected annual savings from energy projects will total $1,440,000. In addition, the College will have received $1.5 million in economic incentives and another $1.3 million in Proposition 39 grants. Overall, Cypress College will have reduced its carbon footprint by approximately 73,800 metric tons by 2017.

There’s More

Energy Efficiency — A campus-wide lighting retrofit took place during the summers of 2014 and 2015. This extensive project is one of the main reasons Cypress College has reduced its energy consumption. The project covers both the interior and exterior of the campus, including installation of highly efficient LED lighting in classrooms, common areas, and parking lots.

HVAC — Replacement of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems were completed in three buildings in the past 18 months: Technical Education II, Technical Education III, and Gym 2. These projects were undertaken with the support of grant funding and help decrease energy use on the campus. A more-efficient HVAC system also improves comfort.

New Science, Engineering, Math Building Approved by Board

An artist's rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The potential new facility is one possibility that has gained traction as Measure J planning is progressing.
An artist’s rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The new facility was approved by the NOCCCD Board of Trustees last wee as part of the Measure J program.

A brand new Science, Engineering and Mathematics Building will replace the existing facility. The decision to start from scratch rather than conduct a full remodel was approved by the Board last Tuesday when Trustees reviewed a study comparing costs for the two options.

Providing modern facilities to support the sciences was a top priority of voters when they approved Measure J in 2014.

“I believe this decision is one of the most significant and positive actions taken by our Board during my time in the District,” said Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson, who then addressed his two primary themes in communicating change to employees. “When I consider ‘Dream Big Dreams’ and ‘Do Big Things,’ this is what I am talking about.”

The decision facilitates the construction of a state-of-the art facility that will not be constrained by the existing building’s footprint and unalterable interior concrete walls. The current building does not meet existing student demand. In addition, the new building can incorporate both a planetarium and design features that allow for future expansion. Designing and building fully modern labs is another key benefit of starting from the ground up.

The decision came on a unanimous 6-0 vote by members of the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees at their meeting on Tuesday, December 8. Dr. Simpson and Vice President Karen Cant presented Trustees with the result of a study comparing the benefits of the two options, a renovation versus new construction, as well as a fiscal analysis.

Cypress College will begin planning for the new building, which will be constructed adjacent to the existing building and the Library/Learning Resource Center. Once construction is complete on the new SEM building, the existing facility will be used as swing space for the duration of the Measure J construction program. Another advantage of building a new facility is that it eliminates the need for a multi-million-dollar, temporary and disposable “science village” and for $19 million in upgrades to the the existing building to bring it up to code prior to a full renovation. It also means that expensive and delicate equipment will only need to be moved once, rather than both to and from a temporary facility.
In addition to allowing for expansion to meet current needs and for future expansion should the program continue to grow as projected, the new building facilitates stronger ties with the College’s Nursing Program and its Mortuary Science Program.

Campus, Community Members Provide Feedback About Upcoming Construction Projects

An artist's rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The potential new facility is one possibility that has gained traction as Measure J planning is progressing.
An artist’s rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The potential new facility is one possibility that has gained traction as Measure J planning is progressing.

Members of the campus community and the public have participated in four open forums designed to provide information and solicit input about upcoming projects derived from the Measure J Bond Program at Cypress College. Feedback from the forums will guide evolution of existing plans and help shape the 20-year renovation of the Campus.

At the most-recent forum, held for employees and students on August 27, Vice President Karen Cant and architects provided an overview of the long-term and initial plans. The first projects to enter construction will likely include expansion of the Library/Learning Resource Center and construction of a Veterans Resource Center — something voters expressed a strongly desired. A new concept that has gained traction is the potential to build a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building rather than renovating the existing facility. Once the new building was complete, the current SEM Building would be used as swing space for the duration of the Measure J construction program. The concept would foster a more-efficient right-sizing of classes and labs and result in cost savings from eliminating the need for portable buildings. It would also allow construction to continue in permanent facilities, rather than temporary quarters.

In addition to the August 27 forum (summary not yet available), members of the campus community also gathered on May 18 (read the meeting summary). Two forums focused on gathering feedback from the College’s neighbors were held on June 25 (meeting summary) and July 29 (meeting summary).

Cypress College’s educational facilities — including the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics classrooms and labs — will be transformed during the next 20 years as a result of Measure J. In addition to the STEM disciplines, the many other projects include renovation of the Fine Arts Building, expansion of the Library/Learning Resource Center, and construction of a new Veteran’s Resource Center. Measure J passed by a supermajority (55%) of the voters in the District on November 4, 2014. The bond will provide $574 million Cypress College and the North Orange County Community College District for facility renovations on each of the District’s three campuses: Fullerton College, Cypress College and the School of Continuing Education.

Cypress College’s vision for the future of the campus is detailed in the Educational and Facilities Master Plan. Revisions to the projects and goals will be guided by our stakeholders, including students, employees, and the community.

During her Opening Day presentation to College employees, Vice President Cant shared additional detail related to Measure J planning. These include:

  • Cypress Campus Architects hired Spring 2015 – DLR Group
  • Cypress Capital Projects Manager – hiring committee formed
  • Program Management Company recommended to the Board – MAAS Company
  • Comprehensive Master Facility Plan to be updated
  • Established a Measure J Bond web page: 
http://cypresscollege.edu/bond

In addition, she also noted several projects that are underway or have recently been concluded:

  • Orchestra Pit Cover
  • Laser Leveling of Soccer Field
  • Water Conservation Project
  • Thermal Energy Project
  • Baseball Fieldhouse
  • Fire Alarm/Mass Communications Pilot Project
  • New Campus Marquee

Public Invited to First Community Forum About Measure J Bond Program

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The public is invited to a community forum to learn about the Measure J Bond Program at Cypress College and to provide input into existing plans that will help shape the 20-year renovation of the Campus.

The first community forum is scheduled for Thursday, June 25, from 6-8 p.m. It will take place in the Cypress College Complex Building, Room 414. The forum is free, though an RSVP is requested to help determine a headcount of participants.

For those unable to attend the first forum, the program will be repeated on Wednesday, July 29, also from 6-8 p.m., and also in CCCPLX-414. The RSVP for that date is available here.

The input of community members is an important component of the College’s effort to design and build the best possible facilities. View the invitation here.

Members of the campus community were invited to participate in a forum on May 18 (read the meeting summary) and an additional internal forum will will be held on August 27, from 2-4 p.m.

Cypress College’s educational facilities — including the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics classrooms and labs — will be transformed during the next 20 years as a result of Measure J. In addition to the STEM disciplines, the many other projects include renovation of the Fine Arts Building, expansion of the Library/Learning Resource Center, and construction of a new Veteran’s Resource Center. Measure J passed by a supermajority (55%) of the voters in the District on November 4, 2014. The bond will provide $574 million Cypress College and the North Orange County Community College District for facility renovations on each of the District’s three campuses: Fullerton College, Cypress College and the School of Continuing Education.

Cypress College’s vision for the future of the campus is detailed in the Educational and Facilities Master Plan. Revisions to the projects and goals will be guided by our stakeholders, including students, employees, and the community.

Campus Forum on Measure J Bond Program

Over the next 20 years,  Cypress College will be implementing new construction and renovation projects as a result of Measure J, a voter-approved bond from the November 2014 election. The Bond was formally titled the “Fullerton/Cypress Colleges Repair and Student/Veteran Job Training Measure.” Measure J will provide $574 million for facility improvements, and repairs for the North Orange County Community College District.

At Cypress College, the initial projects will include addressing facility needs of the Science, Engineering, Math programs, build-out of the Library/Learning Resource Center, and a Veteran’s Resource Center.

The first Campus Forum has been scheduled to allow for the sharing of information on the timeline, initial projects, options, and allow time for questions or comments. This Forum will also introduce the Cypress Campus Architects, The DLR Group, who have been newly selected after the Planning & Budget Committee’s participation in architect interviews and presentations over the last month.

The Campus Forum will be held:

Date:    Monday, May 18, 2015
Time:    4-5 p.m.
Location: Complex Building Conference Room #414 (CCPLX-414)

Community forums will be scheduled for a later date. The NOCCCD is currently seeking members interested in serving on the Citizens’ Oversight Committee.

Voters to Decide Fate of Measure J in Tuesday’s General Election

Affectionately known as “Frankenstein’s Lab,” this science facility is part of the Measure J project list.
Affectionately known as “Frankenstein’s Lab,”
this science facility is part of the Measure J
project list.

If approved, the measure would provide $574 million for construction projects — including renovation of SEM and Fine Arts.

Voters on Tuesday will determine if Cypress College will be able to undertake a much-needed renovation of the Science, Engineering, and Math Building — a project that has been years in the waiting — along with several other major projects that include the Fine Arts Building and a new Veterans Center.

Measure J, if approved by a 55% or higher margin, would provide $574 million in revenue to the North Orange County Community College District for construction projects here and at Fullerton College.

The measure was placed on the ballot by NOCCCD Trustees in July and is backed by Supporters of Fullerton and Cypress Colleges Yes on J, a non-profit political action committee. There is no formal opposition to Measure J, though a group of local taxpayers have expressed concern about the measure.

Measure J has been endorsed by CSEA, United Faculty, the Cypress College Academic Senate, the Cypress College Veterans Organization and a number of other external organizations, including the chambers of commerce in both Cypress and Fullerton. External support from individuals includes endorsements from U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez, State Senator Lou Correa, Assemblyman Tom Daly, along with several local elected officials, veterans, and business, civic, and education leaders.

Background information about Measure J can be found on the NOCCCD website at http://nocccd.edu/MeasureJ/MeasureJ.html and at the Orange County Registrar’s website, located at http://www.ocvote.com/fileadmin/ user_upload/elections/gen2014/measures/8505.pdf.

Trustees Place Measure J on November Ballot; Campaign Underway

Voters in the District will decided on the bond, which would provide for the renovation of SEM, FA, other Master Plan projects.

The North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously on July 22, 2014 to place Measure J — the Fullerton/Cypress Colleges Repair and Student/Veteran Job Training Measure — on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

If approved by voters in the fall, Measure J would provide Fullerton College, Cypress College and local continuing education programs with $574 million for significant upgrades to technical job training facilities, aging classrooms, and veterans resources.

“This is about staying relevant well into the future,” NOCCCD Chancellor Dr. Ned Doffoney said. “Many of our campus classrooms and buildings were constructed 50-80 years ago. As a result, students are learning science and other technical, in-demand disciplines with greatly outdated labs and technology. To keep high-paying jobs in our area and attract more high-tech jobs, we need facilities that have the capacity to keep up with the educational and job-training demands of our times.”

Key Measure J investment priorities include:

  • Upgrades to antiquated science labs, lecture halls, technology and instructional equipment to better prepare students for growing fields of study and high-skill careers.
  • Enhancements of classroom space and training centers for future nurses, firefighters and other first responders, as well as technically-trained workers.
  • Expansion of veterans’ facilities and services as well as job-placement centers to train and re-train veterans as they transition into the civilian workforce.

Improvements also call for general health and safety repairs, energy-efficiency enhancements, and other needed facility renovations on each of the District’s three campuses.

The Board’s decision follows a June poll suggesting Measure J could be a success. Nearly 72% of likely voters surveyed recognized a funding need and indicated support of the measure.

“The community understands the value of our institutions,” said NOCCCD Board of Trustees President Jeff Brown. “More local residents than ever are relying on our high quality and affordable education programs to prepare them for competitive job opportunities or for transfer to CSU or UC campuses. We need to make sure that we’re able to continue to equip them with the skills they need to succeed.”

Passage of Measure J would amount to a projected $14.90 per $100,000 assessed value for property owners, and would include citizen oversight and regular audits to assure accountability and transparency. By law, funds from facility bond measures can only be spent on buildings, classrooms or instructional equipment. No bond funds can be spent on administrator pensions or salaries.

To pass this November 4th, Measure J would need 55% support by voters falling within NOCCCD boundaries which include the cities of: Anaheim, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Cypress, Buena Park, Placentia, Brea, La Habra, La Habra Heights, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Rossmoor, Garden Grove, La Mirada, Orange, Seal Beach, Stanton and Whittier.

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Affectionately known as Frankenstein’s Lab, renovation of this SEM instructional facility is one of the projects that would be funded by Measure J.
Affectionately known as Frankenstein’s Lab, renovation of this SEM instructional facility is one of the projects that would be funded by Measure J.