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LANCASTER – It’s no longer Tumbleweed Tech as officials at Antelope Valley College on Friday unveiled Sage Hall, the new 32,562-square-foot facility that will replace the current Roy A. Knapp Learning Center.

The two-story building cost around $ 28.6 million to build. It was paid for with the proceeds of Measure AV, the $ 350 million bond measure adopted by local voters in November 2016. The building includes classrooms and a computer lab as well as study rooms, teaching offices. professors and a dean suite.

HMC Architects designed Sage Hall. It features a giant roof in the shape of a capital L in burnt orange color. The letter’s leg touches the ground, and the letter’s stem extends across the building. The hall has a glass wall next to a giant concrete staircase where students can congregate.

“It focuses on the students,” AV College President Ed Knudson said in a low-key opening ceremony attended by AV College trustees, including Board Chairman Michael Adams, Vice President Steve Buffalo and Member Michael Rives. Council Clerk Barbara Gaines was also present.

Other dignitaries in attendance included MP Tom Lackey; Lancaster Deputy Mayor Marvin Crist; Councilors Darrell Dorris and Raj Malhi; Charles F. Bostwick, Field Assistant to Supervisor Kathryn Barger; and Aaron Falk, field rep for Rep Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, who presented Knudson with certificates of recognition for the grand opening.

Crist remembers that 60 years ago it was a dusty campus with the nickname Tumbleweed Tech.

“It really is a college,” Crist said as he stood on the podium in the building’s light-flooded lobby.

“It’s not Tumbleweed Tech anymore,” Knudson replied.

The AV College library will adopt the name Roy A. Knapp, Knudson said, adding that they had spoken with Knapp’s family about the change.

Sage Hall is the second building constructed with funds from Measure AV to open this year. The campus security building opened in March. Discovery Lab, the 35,466 square foot vocational technical education center, will open early next year.

Knudson, who will retire next year at the end of June, said the college was debt-free. In addition, he said the college has $ 25 million of what will be a $ 35 million fund to cover future costs of maintaining and rebuilding the college’s facilities.

All Measure AV projects will take approximately eight to eight and a half years instead of the initial 10 year projection.