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

2 December 2016


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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Citizens’ Oversight Committee’s Annual Report for 2015

25 February 2016


At the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, the Chairperson of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee, Michael Mills, presented the Committee’s Annual Report for 2015 on the use of Measure A Bond funds.

Chairperson Mills said, “The most recent audits [of Measure A spending] earned ‘unqualified’ opinions, confirming that the bond is being handled correctly and within the legal requirements, and the auditor has no qualifications that need to be addressed or other performance concerns.”

You can read the full Citizens’ Oversight Committee’s Annual Report here:

For more information, please visit the Committee’s Website at:

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight February 17, 2015

19 February 2015

The February 17 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured a presentation of the 2014 Student Success Scorecard. This was followed by a report on the Career Technical Education and Workforce Development programs at the Peralta Colleges. And Vice Chancellor Ikharo reported on the drawdown of Measure A Bond Funds. To view the full meeting, please visit:

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Peralta News – Groundbreaking at Merritt College

12 November 2013

The Peralta Community College District was host to a special groundbreaking ceremony for the new Center for Science and Allied Health Building at Merritt College. The new building will be of one of the most advanced science centers at a community college in California.

Its construction, one of the largest Measure A bond projects in the four-college district, is being undertaken after careful consultation with students, faculty and staff and the community. The building will include cutting edge technology and the latest in sustainable, or green, building advances.The 107,292-square foot building will house Merritt College’s sciences, genomics, nursing and nutrition departments. With construction beginning shortly, the building is expected to be completed in 2015.

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Ground Breaking for the New Science and Allied Health Building at Merritt College

30 September 2013

Ground Breaking for the New Science and Allied Health Building at Merritt College, October 18. Front of Library, Building L, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland at 10am.

Merritt Allied Health Building Groundbreaking Invite 10-18

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How to do Business with Peralta event on Thurs. April 11

25 March 2013

How to do Business with Peralta event on Thurs. April 11 from 1 – 3:30pm

PCCD 2013 Business Forum

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Peralta News – Citizen’s Tour of Measure A Bond Projects

20 November 2011. 0 comments

The Measure A Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committe toured recently completed building projects financed with Measure A funds. Measure A bonds, approved in 2006, are used for renovating aging classrooms, building new science and technology labs and modernizing facilities that are decades old. The tour included a look at inside the new athletics field house at Laney College, the renovated Q building at Merritt College and the new photovoltaic array installed on the hillsides surrounding the college.

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