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Trustees approve COC upgrades

Projects will be funded by general-obligation bonds

Posted: April 25, 2009 9:57 p.m.
Updated: April 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons trustees approved funding Wednesday for a new Cougar Stadium scoreboard, upgraded technology and construction expenses for the Valencia campus.

The college's 40-year-old scoreboard will soon be replaced with a new board provided by Modesto-based company Daktronics. The bigger, brighter 25-foot-long board will provide space for advertising and logos by sponsors.

Jim Schrage, vice president of facilities planning, operations and construction, said the $42,630 project is long overdue since the old board stopped working last season.

"You can't repair it, because it's so old," he said. "The (original) company's out of business, you can't get parts. You have to makeshift parts and try to squeeze lightbulbs into places it shouldn't be. It's just a nightmare."

Schrage said the new scoreboard, which will be funded by general-obligation bonds, should be ready by September when the first game begins.

Athletic Director Chuck Lyon, who has been planning the project with the company for the past year, said the new board will be a valuable asset to the campus.

"(It is) huge for us to be able to put that scoreboard up there because so many people from the community come through that facility, and that will be noticed immediately," Lyon said.

The stadium is used by the school's football, soccer and track-and-field teams.

He added that the college is raising funds to replace all of the campus' scoreboards, including those in the campus' gyms.

Other projects passed by the trustees, and also funded with general-obligation bonds, include digital telecommunications equipment, outdoor construction equipment and landscaping projects for the University Center. The 110,000-square-foot center, set to open in July, will provide classroom space for university partners.

The digital telecommunications upgrade, costing $52,778 plus tax, will allow the center to have a back-up telephone switchboard since the facility will include about 400 to 500 phones, Schrage said. The upgrade will be provided by Van Nuys-based Telecommunications Corporation.

Approved funding for the outdoor equipment allows $20,000 to be added to the college's $20,000 contract with Andy Gump, Inc. Schrage said the money would be used to rent outdoor portable restrooms, generators and fencing for constructions workers.

The landscaping project for the center's entrance will cost $12,890. It is contracted with Irwindale-based Mariposa Landscapes, Inc.
The trustees also approved the use of grant funding to hire an emerging-technology consultant for the college's nanotechnology training program. The consultant will help the program determine appropriate equipment to be purchased with $1.38 million in grant funds provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Nano and Micro Technology Consultants, based in Palo Alto, is contracted to provide the service for $25,000 plus travel expenses. Half the costs will be paid for by the Department of Commerce grant. The other half will be paid for by the Industry Driven Regional Collaborative (IDRC) Award of the Chancellor's Office.


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