TLCD staff recently toured the job site at the new Construction Training Center, a TLCD design currently under construction at the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Campus. The Construction Training Center brings together under one roof several construction trade related training programs SRJC has previously offered at separate locations around Sonoma County.
SRJC was awarded a $7.12 million grant from the US Economic Development Administration to build the Construction Training Center to train hundreds of skilled workers annually as part of the county-wide recovery and rebuild efforts following the October 2017 wildfires. SRJC will utilize the facility to offer short-term career skill training classes leading to non-credit certificates in areas such as construction and building trades, industrial construction methods, home repair and maintenance, and fire-resistive landscaping. In addition to the non-credit certificates, SRJC will offer an array of credit programs including HVAC, refrigeration technology, solar panel technology, and construction management. The new center will provide a home for SRJC’s trades programs for years to come.
On the site tour led by Project Architect Tyree Vantrease, we were able to observe site work and paving, structural steel, metal framing installation, roof deck installation, and infrastructure such as sprinkler piping, electrical conduit, and copper piping currently underway.
Construction is about halfway complete, and Arntz Builders is projecting the project will be complete by Summer of 2024 and ready for classes to start in the Fall semester.