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Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center at Merritt College Wins Prestigious Awards

2 December 2016

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The Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center is the newest building at Merritt College in Oakland – one of the four colleges of the Peralta Community College District, which includes Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney College, also in Oakland – and is now one of just two buildings named as “Outstanding Project for 2015” by the prestigious Western Council of Construction Consumers during their annual Excellence Awards ceremony that was held on October 27, 2016 at the Lafayette Hotel and Spa.

In announcing Merritt’s award, the Council said that the Barbara Lee Center was “Among the most sophisticated community college learning centers in the U.S., and the most advanced community college science center in California.” The building was also one of the few recipients during the program to receive a “Sustainability Excellence Award” for its LEED Gold Certification.

“I am very pleased that the Barbara Lee Science Center has been recognized with these awards,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. “It clearly demonstrates what we can do to education our community’s students with the facilities bond funds that the public has generously entrusted to us.”

“We are planning future endeavors and I have every reason to believe those will also win recognition,” the Chancellor added.

On hand to accept the award for the Science and Allied Health Center was Derek Labrecque, Partner, and Shawn Percey, BIM Manager, from JK Architecture – the firm that designed the Center – along with Ted Foor, Larry Cabodi, Sean Burnie and Anna Kennedy from Clark/Sullivan Construction, the firm responsible for the construction of the Center. Also in attendance at the ceremony, and representing the Peralta District, were Chancellor Jowel Laguerre, Ph.D., and Dr. Saddiq Ikharo Vice Chancellor of Facilities, along with Merritt Dean Rosemary Delia and Gary Banks.

After the ceremony, architect Derek LaBrecque talked about the honor of receiving the award. “I’m excited that Merritt’s building was recognized tonight, partly because the essence of this project was built upon the vision of the college and history of the community. And also because of what will be done in this facility to prepare students with the skill sets they need to succeed in the 21st century.”

With over 110,000 square feet of dedicated space for science and technology, the Barbara Lee Health and Science building is the region’s newest epicenter for innovation in science and technology. As part of the Peralta Community College District’s commitment to provide access to the region’s student population, the building will be open all strata of students – concurrent enrollment high school students to life-long learners.

The majority of the four-story building, which was completed on time and within budget, is dedicated to programs in the Sciences and Allied Health, but includes Mathematics and Business Technology as well. The architectural design of the building, and the state-of-the-art equipment, provides something for everyone, enhancing the student learning environment, promoting the growth of the sciences and energizing the campus as a whole.

At various locations throughout the building, there are a number of public common areas for students and faculty to freely interact. These common areas have an open environment within the building to encourage active learning in an environment that is not just limited to the classroom.

The $59 million Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center was built with funds from the Measure A Bonds that were voted in place by the Citizens of North Alameda County that constitute the six communities served by the Peralta Community College District – Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont. According to Vice Chancellor Ikharo, “The construction of the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center demonstrates accountability to tax payers who voted for Measure A Bond Funds and promotes awareness to the greater community of how the bond measures is being spent. Additionally, the success of this building, by way of this prestigious award by an unbiased third party, represents confidence in possible future bond measures for the community.”

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Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center Grand Opening Friday at Merritt College

2 November 2015

peralta_science_2Join US Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Peralta Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., and Merritt College President Norma Ambriz-Galaviz for the grand opening of the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center this Friday at Merritt College. The Peralta Colleges will unveil the region’s newest health and allied sciences building, which will allow facility to have the tools they need to provide state of the art science/technology instruction to our students.

A letter from President Obama acknowledging the grand opening will be read as part of the ceremonies and tours of the facility by science faculty and students will be provided. Join in at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. The event is free and open to the public!

 

What: Grand Opening of the Barbara Lee Health and Allied Science Building, one the most advanced facilities in the region.

When: Friday, November 6, 2015, 11:30 AM

Where: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA 94619

Who: US Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Peralta CDD Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., Merritt College President Norma Ambriz-Galaviz

 

Background: With over 60,000 square feet of dedicated space for science and technology, the Barbara Lee Health and Science building, located at Merritt College, will be the region’s newest epicenter for innovation in science and technology.

As part of the Peralta Community College District’s commitment to provide access to the region’s student population, in addition to the District’s student population, the health and science building will be made available to local high school students. Merritt College has developed a concurrent enrollment program with local high schools where students will be able to enroll in academic courses at the college.

The Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center is a new four story building, totaling approximately 110,000 square feet. The majority of the building is dedicated to programs in the Sciences and Allied Health but additionally includes Mathematics and Business Technology as well. Each department area has been designed to not only anticipate but to encourage growth within each field for the future of the Merritt Campus.

This architectural design of this building and the state of the art equipment chosen for this facility was established to essentially have something for everyone. To accomplish this the design was aimed at achieving a number of goals, in particular enhancing the student learning environment, promoting the growth of the departments and energizing the campus as a whole.

As the theme of this building is for the Sciences and Allied Heath, There is a specialized screen that goes across the south and west face of the building. The basis of this screen is derived from Mitochondria DNA. Mitochondria DNA, or mtDNA, is distinct from general human DNA, as they are the structures within human cells that convert food to energy in useful form. The twenty-eight screen panels are a graphic representations of the mtDNA sequence that is almost identical in every human being.

In theme with the building, the exposed spiral staircase in the center of the building has been designed as a double-helix staircase to mirror the graphic representation of the mtDNA screen and to show case both formats scientist look at DNA.

At various locations throughout the building, there are a number of public common areas for students and faculty to freely interact. These common areas have an open environment within the building to encourage active learning in an environment that is not limited to just the classroom, but in their day to day life interactions.

The state of the art technology and furniture included in this building was specifically chosen to again enhance the learning environment for students and faculty. This ranges from interactive projectors in each classroom and lab, top of the line equipment specifically chosen by each department, and even to the student desks and chairs with the adjustability for left and right handed students.

 

Read more about the science programs offered at Merritt College here: Barbara Lee Center Program Descriptions 10-28-15

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Please join us in dedicating the Barbara Lee for Science and Allied Health Center

20 October 2015

lee dedication-email.qxdFriday, November 6 at Merritt College. RSVP at (510) 436-2416 or email merrittevents@peralta.edu

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Peralta Students Urged to Participate in Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Twitter Town Hall

20 October 2015

BL_iconOn Thursday, October 22nd, Congresswoman Barbara Lee will be hosting a Twitter town hall to speak directly with constituents on the issues that affect their lives. The Congresswoman has specifically invited students from the Peralta Colleges to participate. How it works: Just tweet any question about politics or policy to @repbarbaralee, using the hashtag #AskBLee. The Congresswoman will be answering questions from both personal Twitter accounts and accounts belonging to organizations.

When: The town hall is on October 22nd from 6:00 p.m-7:00 p.m.
What: Send in questions anytime or during the town hall.

For more information, please contact Emma Lydo at emma.lydon@mail.house.gov
The Congresswoman looks forward to Peralta students’ participation!

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Peralta News – Congresswoman Barbara Lee & Chancellor Jowel Laguerre at Flex Day

31 August 2015

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The Peralta Colleges celebrated a very special Flex Day to kick off a new semester and welcome our new Chancellor, Jowel Laguerre. Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined the festivities, filling the packed Odell Johnson Theater with words of encouragement and inspiration. Board President Meredith Brown, faculty members and staff leadership also spoke at this joyous event!

The Peralta family was treated to an outstanding performance by the Jiklele dance group, hosted by Laney’s very own dance department.

We look forward to a new semester with more fantastic happenings at Peralta and a heartfelt welcome to Chancellor Jowel Laguerre. Many thanks to Congresswoman Barbara Lee and her staff for sharing this momentous day with us!

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The NEW Peralta Way: Chancellor Laguerre’s District Flex Day Address

21 August 2015

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If you missed Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre’s District Flex Day address, “The NEW Peralta Way,” you can watch it, Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s opening remarks and Board of Trustees President Meredith Brown’s inspiring introduction on our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/FlexDayFall2015Stream (Dr. Laguerre’s address begins at about 2:25:50, the Congresswoman’s remarks at 22:05 and President Brown’s at 38:10).

If you wish to download the text of Dr. Laguerre’s address, you can find it here: New Peralta Way Flex Day Fall 2015 Chancellor Laguerre Address

You can also read a profile of Dr. Laguerre that was published in the Oakland Tribune here: http://bit.ly/LaguerreTribProfile. Also, Dr. Laguerre’s Guest Commentary in the Oakland Tribune and other Bay Area newspapers can be found here: http://bit.ly/LaguerreGuestCommentary.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee at District Flex Day

18 August 2015

Welcome to a new school year! Please join faculty and staff in welcoming our new Chancellor, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., on District Flex Day, Wednesday August 19th, 8;30 a.m., at Laney College’s Odell Johnson Theatre. We’ll be joined by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and the Chancellor will present his State of the District address. 

If you cannot make Flex Day in person, you can watch the live video stream of the morning session starting at 9:00 am — with remarks from Congresswoman Lee, Board President Brown, Chancellor Laguerre and others — on the Peralta TV’s Youtube Channel: http://bit.ly/FlexDayFall2015Stream (Dr. Laguerre’s address begins at about 2:25:50, the Congresswoman’s remarks at 22:05 and President Brown’s at 38:10).

 

District Flex Day, August 19, Laney College

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District Flex Day, August 19, Laney College

17 August 2015

District Flex Day, August 19, Laney College

 

Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to attend District Flex Day on August 19, 2015, at Laney College in the Odell Johnson Theater, For more information, please visit http://web.peralta.edu/staff-development/

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Peralta News – Governor Jerry Brown at Merritt College

5 April 2015

Merritt College was proud to welcome both state officials and local agencies to the 2015 Bay Area Employer Forum.

A very special visit by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Governor for the state of California, Jerry Brown highlighted the event.

The main focus was on rehabilitation and opening doors to those in need of a second chance through employment and education.

Merritt College is excited to be part of positive change and support to those who need it the most in our community!

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The Peralta Community College District cordially invites you to our 50th Anniversary Grand Reception, October 30

3 October 2014

50th Anniversary Reception

image007“Celebrating the Past and Building for the Future” Guest Speaker: Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Thursday at 6pm, October 30, 2014 in the Newton/Seale Student Lounge at Merritt College. Call (510) 466-7206 for information and tickets.

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