Viewpoint by: Rick Barton – Area Manager


By: Rick Barton – Area Manager

Rick Barton has 25 years experience in the construction industry on a variety of public and private sector projects.

Coordination and communication were instrumental in the successful completion and opening of the Lawrence and Alma DeRicco Student Services Center at San Joaquin Delta Community College District.

Consolidating student services

Because the building was designed to consolidate all non-instructional student services under one roof, the district assessed each user group’s needs. They continued their assessment until each department was relocated without any loss of service. In between, there were a few challenges.

Differing requirements

Some departments had very different space requirements. For example, Counseling needed private office space; Disabled Student Programs and Services had unique furniture requirements; and security was critical to Admissions and Records. Because the building incorporated shared spaces, including conference rooms and restrooms, efficiency was key. Success depended on the ability to coordinate multiple individuals and departments.

To ensure customer satisfaction, it also was important to get everyone’s input. We worked with the District and a furniture vendor to set up sample workspaces. Staff members could select configurations and fabric options.

Creating a master schedule

We also participated in department meetings to discuss move requirements, including computer wiring and phone lines. Next, a master move schedule was developed and coordinated with district maintenance personnel who implemented the move.

And, when the parking lot had to be re-striped and sealed because moisture was discovered underneath, additional disabled parking spaces were added to better accommodate students, staff and visitors.

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