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AHC Campus Construction Plan to 2024

10 year Master Plan includes new football stadium.

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - It's your chance to have a say in what Allan Hancock College, and its satellite campuses, will look like in the next ten years.

Hancock College administrators are holding open forums to review a proposed ten year AHC "Master Plan."

The past several years have seen a dramatic modernization of the Allan Hancock College Santa Maria campus.

The voter-approved $180 million Measure I construction bond in 2006 laid the foundation for a wave of new construction on the Santa Maria campus as well as the construction of the AHC Public Safety Academy at the Lompoc campus.

Now the focus is on what the next ten years will bring as part of the college's Master Plan leading up to 2024.

"Its a mixture of some modernization projects and then the next wave of new construction", says Felix Hernandez, AHC Vice President for Facilities, "we are sharing it with our campus community and our community at large to get their feedback so as a task force we can then develop our recommendations to go through the governance process to get approved at the Board of Trustees"

Included in the ten year Master Plan is a renovation of the home of AHC Bulldog basketball and volleyball as well as the future home of Bulldog Football.

"There is a project that renovates the gym and also adds additional space to the gym", Hernandez says, "another project that's identified is actually a football stadium so we can have our first home football game on the Hancock College campus."

There's also plans for a new Business and Management Building, Music Hall attached to the Fine Arts Building as well as a possible parking garage next to the gym.

Students we spoke with think the campus modernization will attract students to the AHC.

"I think its great", says AHC student Francisco Betancourt, "because it brings more people in, it makes the school known better."

"I think it will", adds AHC student Amanda Fumia, "its a lot more modern and it doesn't look as old and everything is new, I would like to go to a new school."

Hernandez says administrators and the AHC Board of Trustees will review all potential funding sources for the future campus construction including the possibility of another bond measure.

There is a an open forum on the 10 year Master Plan Thursday night .

It starts at 7:30pm and will be held in Building G, Room G-106B on the AHC Santa Maria campus.

The public is welcome.


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