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Monday, July 19, 2004
Oakland Tribune 7-18-04
State OKs contractor to build Vista College
BERKELEY -- Plans to build a new Vista Community College campus in downtown Berkeley took a step forward last week.
The state Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges and the state Department of Finance have approved a $40.2 million contract with S.J. Amoroso Construction Co. to build the six-story, 165,000-square-foot build-ing on Center Street, Peralta Community College District officials said.
More than 300 firms were asked to submit bids, and S.J. Amoroso, with offices on the Peninsula, was selected from seven semi-finalists.
The building is slated to be completed in fall 2005. The campus will be Northern California's first single-structure, urban community college campus.
The 30-year-old college has never had a permanent home but has leased offices and classrooms around Berkeley and the East Bay.
When Vista opens, it will offer programs and classes in art and multimedia arts, business and information technology, liberal arts and sciences and languages.
The new building will have a library and learning resources center, student government offices and a 250-seat community conference center.
Construction costs are being funded by $65 million in bonds passed during the last eight years. The total cost of the project is estimated at $65 million to $67 million, officials said.
Vista, which offers two-year programs, is part of the Peralta Community
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