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May 03, 2019

Alten Construction breaks ground on new Bill and Adele Jonas Center

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Alten Construction recently broke ground on the new $13.3 million Bill and Adele Jonas Center on the College of Marin - Indian Valley Campus.

The 15,600-square-foot design-build project includes construction of the Bill and Adele Jonas Center, a new community and banquet event facility, alterations to an existing building and general site work. Alten Construction began design work on the project, alongside LCA Architects, in June 2018 before breaking ground in March 2019. Together, the two companies came up with the design for the new facility and will continue to work together throughout the construction process. The project is slated for completion by June 2020.

With a design-build delivery method project, the designer and the contractor work together as a team from the beginning, providing joint project recommendations. In addition to saving time and money, design-build projects allow for additional innovation and collaboration.

“With design-build projects, there is much more involvement during the design phase, which helps with cost saving, value engineering and buildability” said James Mitchell, senior project manager for Alten Construction. “Experience is needed to take on a project like this to ensure things run smoothly and on time. Alten is well-equipped and staffed to see these projects succeed.”

The new one-story, 10,800-square-foot Bill and Adele Jonas Center will utilize much of the existing structures and foundations of the campus’ Building 19. The new facility will provide space for a 710-seat banquet hall, as well as a raised platform, restrooms, prep kitchen and support space. The project also includes the addition of a one-story lounge space. The Bill and Adele Jonas Center will be used for college-sponsored events, programs and training, among other activities, as well as Rotary Club of Novato luncheons, events and meetings.

In addition to the new Bill and Adele Jonas Center, Alten Construction also will make modifications to the campus’ existing 4,800-square-foot Building 18. Updates to the one-story building include the design of a new commercial kitchen, laundry room, storage, office and meeting room spaces and the replacement of existing windows and exterior finish.

The project will also include a new parking lot with a passenger drop-off area, bicycle parking, sloped walkways from the upper level building to the lower level Bill and Adele Jonas Center and the prep kitchen, an outdoor pre-function space, a covered trellis area outside the lounge and an exterior deck adjacent to the banquet hall.

The multipurpose center is a result of a partnership with the Rotary Club of Novato that will create a space for the community to gather together. The capital improvement project is partially funded by the College of Marin’s Measure B Bond along with a donation to the Novato Rotary Endowment, a 501(c)(3) foundation of the Rotary Club of Novato, by Bill and Adele Jonas.