Rio Hondo College unveils $10.9 million building

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The new Administration of Justice Building.

The unveiling of Rio Hondo College’s new Administration of Justice Building, which cost $10.9 million, was made on Saturday, June 16th. “It is my pleasure to celebrate this eagerly anticipated event to showcase the new Administration of Justice Building,” Rio Hondo President Ted Martinez Jr. said.

Attendees of the event included United States Marshal and former Whittier police chief David Singer, Santa Fe Springs Department of Fire-Rescue chief Alex Rodriguez, law enforcement and the college community.

This 32,000-foot-square building with three floors houses multiple programs within Rio Hondo’s Division of Public Safety. There is a weight-training shower/locker facility, a staff dining area and an assembly area to be used for formation drills and outdoor training.

Voter-approved bond money funded the construction of the Administration of Justice building at Rio Hondo.

“The new AJ Building provides a unique state-of-the-art learning environment for students throughout the college’s multiple public safety programs,” Board of Trustees President Norma Edith Garcia said.

The building is also home to the Rio Hondo College Police Academy and transfer programs for the school’s corrections and fire technology programs.

A Memorial Wall graces the entrance of the building as a tribute to the 26 Rio Hondo alumni who have given their lives in the line of duty as law enforcement and fire service officers.