Cerritos College celebrates grand opening of new Facilities and Purchasing Complex

Cerritos College celebrates grand opening of new Facilities and Purchasing Complex

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College officials and board of trustees cutting ribbonNORWALK, Calif. -- March 6, 2012 -- Cerritos College hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly completed Facilities and Purchasing Complex on Friday, March 2.Community members, dignitaries, college staff, officials and faculty marked the occasion with a ribbon-cutting.

The new $7.4 million, 34,000 square-foot building was funded by the G.O. bond and occupies approximately 1.5 acres. The building houses purchasing, warehouse, facilities, grounds and custodians as well as the emergency operations plan (EOP) command center. Fifty-nine full-time and eight part-time employees inhibit the building's 45 rooms and offices including three conference rooms.

To reduce electric costs, 37 skylights are incorporated throughout the building. The building stores a 250 kilowatt generator for use in emergencies by the campus police.

Speakers included Cerritos College President Dr. Linda Lacy, Board of Trustees President Bob Arthur, Director of Physical Plant and Construction Services David Moore, Interim Director of Purchasing Inez Pineda-Ruelas.

Field Deputy for the Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Erin Stibal; Director of Constituent Services for Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Jesse Cheng; Mayor of Cerritos Carol Chen and Mayor Pro Tem of Cerritos Jim Edwards presented the college with proclamations commending the college's contribution to the community.

In attendance were former Cerritos College President Dr. Wilford Michael, City Manager of Cerritos Art Gallucci, ABC Unified School District Board Vice President Celia Spitzer and Norwalk Chamber of Commerce President Joe Derthick.

Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.