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CAMPUS NEWS I can’t wait ‘til we get that new center up because it will just be so much more inviting and a place for students to gather AMENITIES The new Johnson Center will feature a grab-and-go coffee shop and construction of the Johnson Center changed more than five times. The college took advantage of these delays by utilizing its classrooms and patio as late as the end of last year.     In January 2017, issues with the weight of a new ventilation system being installed on the roof of the N Building forced music faculty into classrooms in the cleared-out Johnson Center for the spring semester.     That fall, construction in Phillips Hall pushed the theater department into the Johnson Center. On Sept. 11, 2017, a pipe burst on the second-floor and seeped through to first-floor classrooms, dropping ceiling tiles and flooding a theatre class that was in session.    “Obviously with the roof caving in on us within weeks of the semester starting and then the AC went out in the next room they put us in, it didn’t feel safe altogether,” said theatre professor Amberly Chamberlain said.    In November 2017, the theater depart- ment moved back into Phillips Hall, and the Johnson Center was permanently closed. The interior has since remained gutted and empty.     As one of the few gathering places with shade on campus, the Johnson Center patio remained in use by coffee cart The Drip and hosted various club activities until the end of the Fall 2017 semester.     The loss of the Johnson Center’s cafeteria also left the campus without warm meals. Students and faculty have had to purchase hot food from the various food trucks that park near The Village, such as El Pepino Loco and Dos Mexicanos. Pre-packaged food remains available at the Don Express and the Don Bookstore.     The Drip was relocated to a permanent shade structure between the new amphi- theater and Nealley Library. Once the new building is complete, the district is planning to turn The Village back into a parking lot.    “Upon construction completion, the district will have to terminate the lease on leased portables and remove them from Parking Lot # 11 to increase parking. The district-owned portables have yet to be determined on use by the college, and it’s currently under review,” Matsumoto said.    Demolition of the old Johnson Center is expected to take two and a half months. Students and faculty should prepare for construction impacts as the new center are built over the next few years. Expect loud noises and vibrations, administrators said at a November facilities meeting. Fencing erected for demolition will remain in place for the duration of the project.     “Unfortunately, construction noise during the demolition will be ongoing for several months as there is no ideal time to undertake construction when the college is open year round, seven days a week,” Matsumoto said.     To help students navigate campus during construction of the new Johnson Center, officials plan to will distribute maps with designated routes and provide updates via the college’s website.     The new Johnson Center is slated to be ready for students by spring 2021.    “I can’t wait,” Rose, SAC’s president, said. “I’m really excited I can’t wait ‘til we get that new center up because it will just be so much more inviting and a place for students to gather.” —Additional Reporting by Nathan Jacobo el Don Santa Ana College · December 2018 7