Student Center 4.jpgSANTA CLARITA - Tuesday, Feb. 14 -- The Master’s College Board of Directors has announced a pair of major campus improvement projects and construction is set to begin next month on the first project, an expansion of the John R. Dunkin Student Center and Canyon Café facilities (right).

The second project, an upgrade to the facade and lobby area of Robert K. Bross Gymnasium (below), is currenty under design.

The cafeteria expansion will create a 2,000-square foot open-air patio which will extend toward Placerita Canyon Road and wrap around the west side of the building. The patio will be partially covered by a 1,000-foot “California Craftsman” gable roof and will allow the upper cafeteria to seat an additional 200-240 people, depending on the table and room configuration.

Student Center 1.jpgOther elements of the project include upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, including revamped bathrooms and a new elevator serving the second floor of the student center. The project will also create a covered patio seating area on the first floor and will eliminate the current outside staircase and entrance in lieu of an indoor stairway. The entire front of the building will get a facelift.

Student Center 2.jpg“The design of the student center will carry the theme of our Legacy Center,” said Bob Hotton, the school’s Vice-President for Operations.

The project, which is slated for completion by the start of the 2012 fall semester, addresses several years of record enrollments. The on-campus population has increased by several hundred since 2008 and now stands at over 1,000.

Information about the construction schedule will be available on and provided to students, faculty and staff as the projects proceed.

Bross Gym 1.jpgThe Bross Gymnasium project (right) is being designed to provide much-needed modernization to one of the campus’s oldest and most prominent buildings.

Plans include an expanded, upgraded lobby with a seating area, a concessions area and additional bathrooms (all ADA compliant). The college is also looking at adding an aesthetic water element to the outside of the building.

“The gym is a prominent focus of our campus,” said college Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Mark Tatlock. “It’s where we hold sporting events, chapel services and special conferences and concerts. These improvements will touch just about every area of campus life.”

As with the student center expansion, the gym will feature the same look as the Legacy Center.

Hotton adds that the new “California Craftsman” designed gym and student center will bring a uniform look and feel to the campus – a step that local home owners have applauded.

“The homeowner’s association is very supportive of the improvements,” he said.

Hotton said the gymnasium project will begin shortly after construction begins on the student center. Both should be underway this spring.