Representatives from Orange Coast College and the Coast Community College District’s Board of Trustees came together Thursday to break ground on OCC’s new Language Arts and Social Behavioral Sciences building.

The new building will be located adjacent to OCC’s MBCC and will include classrooms, office spaces, conference rooms, the Coast Report’s newsroom and indoor and outdoor labs for geography and anthropology courses.

“Some of the things this new state of the art facility will do is allow students to engage in learning and have spaces where they can create community,” OCC President Angelica Suarez said. “A place where our faculty can engage in helping our students thrive and excel.”

The $69 million, three-story, 95,000-square-foot project is funded by the Measure M bond passed by voters in 2012.

It will also house various departments such as English, psychology, communications, world languages, journalism, ESL and economics.

Construction will be completed in summer 2021 for occupancy in the fall.

“It’s so exciting to see so much happening on this campus, and I’d like to welcome this new building,” Vice President of Instruction Kevin Ballinger said.

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