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CAMPUS NEWS Under Construction Plans are underway to tear down the aging campus building JOHNSON CENTER Modern Makeover Down with the old and up with the new UPDATE: The new Johnson Center will provide offi ces for Financial Aid, Student Life, DSPS, EOPS and more. It is expected to be complete in 2021. A fter nearly three years of discussions and delays, the Johnson Student Center is being torn down over winter break. However, a defi cit of more than $15 million remains to build its replacement, which is expected to open in 2021, offi cials said.     Interior demolition began last week on the aging building that once held the majority of student services and served as a center for campus life. Exterior demolition will start Dec. 17.    The Don Bookstore, The Spot, a cafeteria and about a dozen offi ces were moved out of the Johnson Center and into portable 6 el Don Santa Ana College · December 2018 structures in spring 2016, with demolition planned for that summer. However, a dem- olition contract was not approved by the board until last month.     “When you have construction like this, delays happen often,” Santa Ana College President Linda Rose said. “It’s nothing new in community colleges because you have things go on with the schedule we don’t even know about. The delays are actually pretty normal.”     Recent infl ation in the construction market is driving up project costs, which increased to $15.26 million during the delays, accord- ing to Assistant Vice Chancellor of Facility STORY NIKI NELSEN PHO TOS HPI ARCHETICURE Planning and Construction and Support Services Carrie Matsumoto. To make up the gap, the district plans to use savings from other campus construction projects, such as the Central Plant and the new Science Center. Board members also said the school could use funds set aside for a proposed parking lot on Bristol and 17th streets, which is currently on hold.     Demolition and construction of the new center are expected to cost $47.2 million, while the entire project budget is $60 mil- lion. The project is part of the campus over- haul funded by Measure Q bonds, which allocated $44.6 million for the project.    District offi cials said the costs for the new building could increase even more. Because the original building was constructed in 1968, there are potential problems that won’t be known until crews begin the heavy work of breaking old slab, adding new foun- dation and re-adding new slab to support the new 63,642-square-foot center.    “We know the Johnson Center is going to cost more [than the current budget], but we have money from another project that we didn’t use to go back into it, so that too is in the prospect,” RSCCD Trustee and Chair of the Board Facilities and Board Policy Com- mittee Larry Labrado said.    When completed, the new Johnson Cen- ter will house a conference center, a coff ee shop, and offi ces that are located in The Vil- lage, including Financial Aid, the Health and Wellness Center and the Offi ce of Student Life. This will also include hardscape, land- scape, and shade shelter as well as a kiosk that will serve Middle College High School students during lunchtime.     Though it was vacated two and a half years ago, dates and plans for demolition