Construction is nearing completion for the new $6.5 million Davis Center, the first community college site on the UC Davis campus.
The new center in West Davis will be located at 1720 Jade St. in West Village, which also houses University of California, Davis, students and employees.
“Students will now have easier access to UC Davis, [such as] student activities [and] research, and have a more consistent contact with transferring to UC Davis and other universities,” said Don Palm, dean of the Davis Center.
“[West Village] area was being developed new, so this site was easy not just to build a new site but to truly integrate it into the university’s planning,” Palm said.
UC Davis and the Davis Center have built a partnership over the years and now having center on UC campus, Palm said he hopes to expand that partnership by allowing City College students to have easier access to university resources and have a closer tie with UC Davis.
The extension center is also the first City College building to be recognized for Leadership in Engergy and Environment Design, a certification system that recognizes energy effi cient buildings, according to www.usgbc.org.
“The rooms will have a lot of natural lighting, and as [the day] gets darker, the lights are sensor-activated [to] increase the lighting in the room,” Palm said.
The UC Davis bookstore plans to eventually sell books for classes at the Davis Center, but because of budget constraints that plan is on hold for now, Palm said.
The current Davis Center is 9,000 square feet, and the building is 20,000 square feet. With the increase in size Palm said the Davis Center will have more classes and better classrooms to work in. Most classrooms were designed for certain subjects, which will make it easier for professors to teach.
The new center will also have a bigger student center to accommodate students and employees.
The Davis Center enrollment is expected to increase by 10 percent from just under 2,200 students to about 2,400 students over the next semester, Palm said.
Along with the sensor lights, the classrooms also have new modifi cations, such as smart white boards that allow professors to project on the board and also write on the board at the same time, Palm said.
The new Davis Center will also have a bigger parking lot, and students will now be required to use student parking permits as they do on the main campus.
Psychology major Scot Albert said he hopes the new Davis Center will be a “place to continue my educational journey and [have] better parking.”
The new Davis Center is highly anticipated by the students like medical diagnostic sonography major Sherrine Lau who is “very excited” about the new Davis Center.
The creation of the new Davis Center took about 11 years. Talk of a new center started in 2001 with former Dean John Ruden. By 2004-2005 plans began to unravel, Palm said, and it was not until the academic year 2006-2007 that architects began to actively plan the new center.
“[It] is exciting to have this opportunity to cooperate with UC Davis just in general but specifi cally in this high-efficiency neighborhood, We hope we [make] sustainability part of our program in a unique way,” Palm said.