Trustees Mull Parking Upgrades

Glendale College should consider building more parking, improving its wifi and redesigning its website, planners told the Board of Trustees earlier this month.

Sheryl Sterry of HMC Architects suggested several improvements to the college’s three campuses as part of a master plan update at the board’s April 21 meeting. The main Verdugo campus, while well-maintained and energy efficient, has many aging buildings in fair condition.

Proposals include a new athletics and art facility, an advanced technology building and a new wing for the San Gabriel building.

The plan also proposed a new south parking structure specifically for faculty and staff that would free up parking space for students.

“Parking capacity is adequate, but it can take students a long time to find an empty (parking) stall,” Sterry said.

Single-story buildings could be replaced by multi-story buildings that would keep the Spanish-style architecture.

“Hopefully, we can implement some of those long-term plans you have. It’ll take passing a bond, but we’ll work on that,” Board President Vahe Peroomian said.

The board also considered the 2014-2019 technology master plan, which identified the need for a network upgrade, a website redesign and expanded wifi.

Marc Drescher, GCC’s Chief Information Services Officer, said a task force will redesign the campus website, not updated since 2009.

Earlier in the meeting, the board recognized GCC Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee members, who worked day and night on campus events.