The Sonoma County Junior College District (SCJCD) is proposing to improve the existing Southwest Center Campus located at 950 S. Wright Road in the City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. The Southwest Center provides academic skills and student support services for a diverse population, including career development and college preparation courses. The Project parcel (APN is 035-093-043) is 9.5 acres in size and includes several different school buildings, including SRJC’s Heritage Hall, an active preschool facility, older vacant school buildings, sports field, parking lots, and other accessory school structures. The site is located on the east side of S. Wright Road between Sebastopol Road to the north and Lancaster Avenue to the South.
SCJCD is proposing removal of eight older vacant school buildings due to their poor condition, as well as renovation of Heritage Hall to Division of State Architect standards, relocation of portable classroom buildings from the Santa Rosa Campus to expand instructional offerings, relocation and renovation of onsite portable classrooms buildings, a new restroom building, new open space and landscape elements, a potential new Welcome Center and courtyard, accessible paths of travel to connect the campus facilities, additional parking spaces and upgrades to lighting, infrastructure upgrades, and other small accessory improvements. The Project would result in demolition of approximately 33,000 gross square feet (gsf) of existing building space and construction/renovation of approximately 20,409 gsf of space (this includes the renovation of the existing Heritage Hall). The Project will result in the addition of approximately six (6) new classrooms at the Southwest Center, increasing the total from 11 to 17 upon build-out. The Project will be completed in two phases. The initial phase of construction is anticipated to be completed between April and August of 2023, and the subsequent phase of construction is anticipated to be completed between April and August 2025. Safeguards will be provided for protection of personnel and the public during demolition and construction activities. Prior to demolition, buildings to be removed will be surveyed for the presence of hazardous materials, which will be separated, stored, and disposed of according to local, state, and Federal regulations. The construction contractor will be required to implement air quality controls and noise controls during construction.