Five-Story Science Building Under Construction at GCC

New Building Creates More Opportunities for Students

Carly Pellot, Staff Writer

In May 2021, demolition work began on the grounds of Glendale Community College to make space for the construction of a new physical science building. Located on the corner of Campus Way and Verdugo Road, the five-story building will become home to the life and physical science departments of GCC.  

Back in 2016, 73% of Glendale voters approved a $325 million bond program known as Measure GC. This measure enables GCC to upgrade educational facilities at the Garfield, Verdugo, and Montrose campuses. Approved by the GCC Board of Trustees, the building will create new opportunities for students and staff. With about 10,000 GCC students currently enrolled in physical science classes, the building will hold 297 sections. These sections include biology, chemistry, oceanography, and geology. The building will also feature 31 science labs including a cadaver lab and biotech lab.

Other features in the building, such as indoor and outdoor study spaces, will allow students to study efficiently. The building will make space for students and staff to have a well-rounded environment for their studies. Once completed, the new building will become a staple of GCC. According to the Capital Improvements of GCC webpage, the building will feature strong circulation links to the San Gabriel, Health Sciences, and Camino Real buildings.

The Glendale community has been receiving updates regarding construction. As of March 21, construction is about 41% complete. Steel framing and decking of levels 1-4 have been completed, and the updated schedule review is in progress. With the hope of staying on schedule, the goal of completion is set for July 2023.

To learn more about the project, visit:

https://capitalimprovements.glendale.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/GCC_NewScienceBldg_032021.pdf 

To keep updated on construction, visit:

https://capitalimprovements.glendale.edu/projects/verdugo-projects/new-science-building-and-ancillary-projects/

Carly Pellot can be reached at [email protected]