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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Update on Santa Monica College Malibu Satellite Campus Is Released by Officials

•  Project Calls for Demolishing Existing Structure and Constructing a New 27,500-Square-Foot Building

BILL KOENEKER

The Malibu Public Facilities Authority, a joint powers agreement of the Santa Monica Community College District, the lead agency, on a planned satellite campus in Malibu and the City of Malibu, met last week to hear about the preliminary design of the proposed college center.
The municipality’s members consist of Councilmembers Laura Rosenthal and John Sibert.
Last year, the college started on an Environmental Impact Report on the project.
The proposal consists of a nearly 2.5 acre irregularly shaped ground lease area within the larger 9.18-acre Los Angeles County-owned and operated Civic Center complex, according to SMC officials.
The site is the former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Station, which was decommissioned in the early 1990s. The existing building includes approximately 23,882 square feet of developed floor area.
The proposal calls for 210 students, full-time equivalent students and 12 faculty members.
SMC is proposing demolishing the existing building and the construction of a new two-story, 27,500-square-foot educational facility including approximately 5700-square-foot community sheriff’s substation and emergency operations and planning center, which would take over the first floor. The college classrooms would be located on the second floor.
There would be a net increase of 3618 square feet compared to the size of the old building, according to the designers.
The school campus will include five classrooms and labs, a multi-purpose community room that will convert into an emergency operations center for local emergencies, a computer lab, administrative offices to accommodate up to 210 students (full-time equivalent) and 12 faculty and staff members during peak time periods, according to a project description prepared by the consultant.
The money comes from Measure A approved by the voters in 2004 that set aside $25 million for the project.
The project plans to connect to the On-Site Wastewater Treatment System currently serving the Los Angeles County Civic Center complex, including the existing sheriff's station building, on an interim basis subject to verification that the new development will not exceed the current wastewater flows of the capacity of the existing OWTS.
They expect completion of construction by 2015.
At a previous meeting, college spokesperson Don Girard told the panel that the SMC academic planning staff had prepared an instructional program plan for the proposed new building that includes providing high value classroom facilities, such as a science lab, art studio, computer lab, community music and lecture hall and two standard classrooms.
Girard stated SMC staff was also recommending that the building include an interpretive center, open to the public, with the intent to highlight Malibu's unique culture, history and ecosystems.
He also discussed the multi-purpose room that would be available to the community and used by the Sheriff's Department and the City of Malibu as an emergency operations center.
The Sheriff's Department is expected to work with the SMC staff to prepare preliminary drawings for the interior of the Sheriff substation.

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