FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 15, 2023
City College of San Francisco Taking Decisive Action to Improve Campus Conditions
The City College of San Francisco - Board of Trustees has taken action to address the current heating issues at various locations throughout the district. The Board authorized the college to contract with four companies for a total contract value of $2,345,732 for the replacement of boilers, transformers, and associated components at John Adams Center, Student Health Center, Wellness Center, and Mission Center. The college has also committed to adding 25 classified, trades, and engineer positions to the 2023-24 budget and initiating the recruitment and hiring process immediately.
At the Board Meeting on March 14, 2023, President Alan Wong shared his frustrations and anger regarding the heating issues at the college’s campuses, stating, “The heating issues at our City College campuses are unacceptable. I feel frustration and anger as I hear about students using hand warmers in class to keep warm. City College must take decisive and immediate action or risk losing students. As long as our students are not getting heat, the heat should be on us to take urgent and immediate action to take care of our students.”
The Board also discussed the need for additional facilities staff, such as building engineers, project managers, carpenters, and electricians, in maintaining the old facilities, and staff will provide an update on the status of major heating projects at their next meeting on March 24, 2023.
Chancellor David Martin added, “Moving forward, we are committed to ensuring that our college facilities are well-maintained by proactively investing money in deferred maintenance. This is essential to providing our students and employees with a comfortable and safe environment, free from heating problems and other issues.”
The college has already taken steps to fix the boilers in the Science Building and is now collecting contractor estimates for replacing the underground steam pipes. Additionally, project architects are actively redesigning the heating systems and controls for the Arts Buildings, with the first step being the replacement of the steam pipes.
On March 14, 2023, the Board of Trustees agreed that they are all committed to ensuring the safety and comfort of faculty, students, and staff in their learning environments. Everyone is eager to see the successful completion of these projects and their positive impact on the college community.
About City College of San Francisco
For 85 years, City College of San Francisco (CCSF) has been the region’s premier public, two-year community college. The college is now one of the first in the nation to offer free tuition, providing San Franciscans with the opportunity to access a quality college education and workforce training that leads to university transfer and good jobs. Since its founding in 1935, City College has evolved into a multicultural, multi-campus community college that is one of the largest in the country. CCSF offers more than 250 degrees and certificates and features an award-winning athletics program. For more about City College of San Francisco, please visit https://www.ccsf.edu/.