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December 20, 2022
City College of San Francisco Celebrates Groundbreaking of new Science, Technology Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Building
The multi-story facility is the first of three new buildings that will transform the Ocean Campus
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – City College of San Francisco’s (CCSF) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony last week to commemorate the start of construction of a new state-of-the-art Science, Technology Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) building.
The STEAM building will turn an existing parking lot into a four-story learning facility that will become the heart of the Ocean Campus, featuring flexible social and study spaces to encourage interdisciplinary interaction.
“The college is taking a step to turn paper into concrete and steel,” said CCSF Board of Trustees Vice President John Rizzo. “The STEAM building will be a replacement for the worn-out classrooms that our students have been suffering in for decades. They deserve no less than the best facilities in the state of CA, and that’s what they're getting.”
The building is being constructed out of funds from Proposition A, an $845 million General Obligation Bond to update CCSF’s aging buildings, build new facilities, and make earthquake safety upgrades passed in March 2020.
The new building incorporates flexible social and study space to encourage interdisciplinary interaction, including a multi-use innovation center; state-of-the-art science labs for biology, chemistry, and physics; and computer labs and visual arts spaces.
“I don’t think people realize that the arts really do influence science and technology,” said CCSF Board of Trustees President Brigitte Davila. “This is going to be a new moment for City College as we start expanding interactions between these previously siloed areas.”
This is the first groundbreaking in a series of upcoming buildings that will create a beautiful complex on the Ocean Campus with a connected courtyard. The complex will include a new Student Success Center to house student support services and a Performing Arts and Education Center, which will house music and theater classes, and Diego Rivera’s 75-foot-long masterpiece, Pan American Unity, currently at SFMOMA.
CCSF is starting preparations for significant campus construction commencing this winter and will welcome students to the state-of-art Complex in the Spring semester of 2026.
About City College of San Francisco
For more than 80 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 an exceptional college education. 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.