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For more than 40 years, Evergreen Valley College has been an integral part of California’s San Jose community. The community college offers affordable educational alternatives to spending four years at a university, including job training, certification and degree programs and preparation for university transfer.
In 2015, the college embarked on a project to increase safety and make the campus more pedestrian-friendly as well as facilitate outdoor learning and social gathering opportunities. Work consisted of upgrading the “Central Green” space at the core of the campus, which included adding an outdoor staircase and an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant pathway between academic buildings. The project scope also included reconfiguring the Visual Performing Arts plaza and parking lot to relieve traffic congestion, increase pedestrian safety and give the frontage area a fresh look. Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. provided hardscape demolition and installed site and decorative concrete for flatwork, outdoor seat walls, retaining walls and stairs.
The project included a large amount of requests for information to ensure various drawings and actual site conditions lined up. As a result, JJA’s foreman and project manager worked tirelessly to identify issues and stay on top of communications with the general contractor and other team members.
Another challenge was that work took place while classes were in session, necessitating extra safety precautions whenever equipment was moved in and out of the jobsite areas. This included providing additional spotters who used flags to grab the attention of passing students.
In the end, the project delivered a safer and more walkable campus for students, faculty and staff.
Project name: Evergreen Valley College Central Green & Arts Plaza
Project date: June 2015 – March 2016
Client: San Jose Evergreen Community College District
Scope: Demolition, site grading, site concrete, colored and decorative concrete, shotcrete, AC paving