Peralta to Hold Briefing on Vista Construction By J. DOUGLAS ALLEN-TAYLOR

Tuesday April 19, 2005

The Peralta Community College Board of Trustees has scheduled a special public meeting Thursday to receive a briefing on the new Vista College building project. The 5 p.m. meeting will be held at Vista College, 2020 MIlvia St., room 210. 

The briefing will be conducted by Vista College Permanent Facility Project Managers Swinerton Management & Consulting Company, project architects Ratcliff Architects, and Vista administrators. 

Included on the agenda is a presentation of the building design, a possible move date from the present facilities to the new facilities, and issues surrounding the district’s new change order policy. 

Since last December, change orders related to the Vista new college project caused clashes between the Peralta chancellor and newly elected trustees Nicky Gonzalez Yuen and Cy Gulassa. At issue was how much leeway to grant the district administration in changing construction projects in between board meetings. 

In December, the board killed an initial Harris proposal to increase the amount of changes the chancellor can make in large construction projects without trustee approval, with Harris citing the Vista construction as the main reason for the requested change. Early this year, board members worked with Harris and Director of General Services Sadiq Ikharo to craft a compromise change order policy.