Confusion in construction

The Juniper building with construction workers at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Nov. 29, 2016. Photo: Marc Dionne
The Juniper building with construction workers at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Nov. 29, 2016. Photo: Marc Dionne

The recently published schedule on the Pierce College website for spring and winter 2017 shows that classes are going to be held in the newly remodeled and renamed buildings.

The remodeled building opening dates and the names of these buildings have been a topic of discussion among faculty during the last Academic Senate meetings. The remodeled buildings 800, 1100, 1700, 1600, and 900 are going to be named Juniper, Birch, Elm, Ginger, and Iris respectively.

The Juniper building, which is behind the former Child Development Center, is planned to have the majority of the English classes held there. However, the date of completion of the building has created confusion among faculty.

According to Donna Accardo, English department Chair, 300 classes have no classrooms because the classes listed in the Juniper building cannot meet in the building as construction is not complete yet.

“I have been frustrated over the unknown opening date of the Juniper building,” Accardo said. “I’m looking forward to getting concrete details about the opening [of the building].”

Ed Cadena, Project Manager, refused to give any further details.

“No determination about [the opening of the building] has been made yet,” Cadena said.