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August 19, 2010


Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

For Immediate Release


(Rancho Cucamonga) Chaffey College officials will host a dedication ceremony to officially open the Center for the Arts complex on the Rancho Cucamonga Campus. Construction of the Center for the Arts main building began in February 2008 and was completed in December 2009. The amazing new three-story 32,641 square feet building can be seen from the valley.

A dedication ceremony will be held on Tuesday, August 24 from 4:30 pm to 7:00pm. The ceremony will begin in the Center for the Arts with speakers including Gary George, Governing Board president, Dr. Shannon, superintendent/president, Ardon Alger, faculty senate president, John Machado, art history professor, and Michael Dinielli, school of visual, performing, and communication arts dean.

The Center for the Arts is an incredible learning facility. The opportunities in the building are numerous.
  • The dance studio has a full-size outdoor glass door that opens to an outdoor seating space for to be used for performances.
  • The lobby and alcoves are conducive for students to study, gather, and rehearse.
  • A student artwork showcase is located in the lobby and throughout the building.
  • The post-production laboratory boasts state-of-the-art Apple technology enabling students the opportunity to gain higher level technical skills.
  • The photography studio includes a dark room, studio, and processing laboratory.
The Center for the Arts complex also includes a new 5,500 square foot music and choral building. The classrooms in the building are designed with acoustics in mind and complement both choral and instrumental instruction.

Two existing buildings were remodeled within the project. The studio art and three-dimensional art buildings were reconstructed to enhance the ceramics and art disciplines.

A formal building dedication ceremony will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 2010. The program begins at 5:15p.m.with a welcome from the Governing Board president, Gary George and ends with a plaque unveiling. Following the program, guests will be taken on guided tours and student demonstrations of each of these four buildings.

The Chaffey College dedication ceremony is open to the public and is free. For more information regarding the ceremony, please contact the School of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts at 909/652-6057.

For additional information on Chaffey College construction projects, visit the college website for details


Quick Facts – Center for the Arts

Center for the Arts
Total Square Footage: 32,641 square feet
Classrooms/Labs/Studios: 13
Faculty /Staff Offices: 35

A new three story Art Complex complete with Digital & Analog Media Labs, Photo Studio, Dance Studio, Post Production Lab, Art Studio, Audio Lab, Interior Design Lab, Lecture Rooms, and Faculty Offices. The modernization of existing Ceramics and Studio Art Buildings (buildings B & C). The former fashion building was converted into a drawing studio lab, while the existing ceramics building was renovated and will remain the ceramics lab and 3D studio.

Programs Served: Visual, Communication, and Performing Arts

Project Budget: $22,145,000.00

Funding Source: Measure L Funds

Start Construction: February 25, 2008

Construction Completion: December 2009

Building Dedicated: August 24, 2010

Architect: Hammel, Green & Abrahamson, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Contractor: Pro West Constructors, Wildomar, CA

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