College adds auto classes

$1.3 million remodel is first project funded by Measure J

Butte College’s Skyway Center in Chico will soon undergo a 6,000-square-foot remodel to add an automotive diesel program with a classroom, lab with five large vehicle lifts and two faculty offices.

This project is the first funded by Measure J, a $190 million education bond that passed in November 2016. It’s slated for an August completion date, before the first day of the fall semester.

Slater & Son will use mostly local subcontractors for the $1.3 million project, according to a press release, and the remodel will be designed by Rainforth Grau Architects, of Sacramento. The program will include a soundproofing system to eliminate noise and airflow from the diesel program to nearby classrooms.