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ROOMS FOR LEARNING AT VALLEY COLLEGE WORK BEGINS ON HEALTH CENTER.

Byline: LISA M. SODDERS Staff Writer

VALLEY GLEN -- Valley College officials broke ground Wednesday on a $46 million ``green'' classroom building, hailing its environmentally friendly design and state-of-the-art laboratories.

The three-story Allied Health and Science Center is scheduled for completion in April 2008, providing 98,000 square feet of space for computer and teaching labs and classrooms for biology, chemistry, physics, nursing, respiratory therapy, earth sciences and anthropology.

``I'm especially pleased that our students will have the type of facility that they truly deserve and our faculty will be able to teach in an environment that will only enhance their instructional expertise,'' Valley College President Tyree Wieder said.

Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor Darroch ``Rocky'' Young, 58, noted that the new science labs will be vital tools in training future doctors, researchers and scientists.

``But as I approach being 60 years old, I'm much more interested in allied health,'' he joked, ``the nurses and the respiratory therapists. I want the very best for those people.''

Faculty members said they were excited about finally getting modern facilities.

``Some of these (original) buildings were built in the 1960s, on high school models,'' said Karen Roy, chair of the biological science department. ``The kind of learning, safety standards and experience universities, professionals and businesses want (from community colleges) is very different than it was then.''

Like the campus' new $6.6 million maintenance and operations building/sheriff's station, the Allied Health building will include environmentally friendly features to help save the district money on energy costs.

It will boast a rooftop photovoltaic system to generate 10 percent of the building's electricity, along with low-flow plumbing fixtures, recycled building materials and drought- tolerant landscaping.

The building, located on the southeast side of campus, is the first instructional building built with the college's share of the district's $2.2 billion Proposition A/AA construction bonds, which were approved by voters in 2001 and 2003. Valley College also received $15 million from the state.

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Valley College officials on Wednesday broke ground on the All ied Health and Science Center, a $46 million environmentally friendly building that will include science labs and lab support areas; office/conference/faculty support areas; a computer/tutorial lab learning resource center; outdoor teaching laboratories; and classrooms and seminar spaces. The new building will consist of three floors plus a rooftop mechanical room and small basement.
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