Cuesta’s new North County Campus Center marks a construction milestone

As construction continues on Cuesta College’s new North County Campus Center, community college officials held a “topping out” ceremony this week as one of the last beams was hoisted into place on the steel frame of the structure.

The ceremony took place Nov. 8 and included a beam signing and construction update. Children from the North County Campus Children’s Center were among those who watched the beam being raised into place.

Plenty of work remains, however, before the 43,000-square-foot, two-story structure opens for use in spring 2018. The new center will house a variety of student services — counseling, admissions and records, and financial aid — as well as the cafeteria, bookstore, health center and student life and leadership, according to the college’s bond website.

Programs and offices displaced by the removal of six large modular buildings also will be located within the new center. Construction is expected to wrap up in fall 2017.

The center is one of the first buildings to be constructed with funds from Measure L, the college’s $275 million bond measure passed by voters in November 2014.

A similar “topping out” ceremony was held a few weeks ago for a new 32,000-square-foot instructional building on the college’s San Luis Obispo campus, also funded by Measure L. For more information, go to