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ONTARIO, CA-The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters has built a new $15 million, 93,686-sf building that will serve as a training center for the council and also includes 21,475 sf of office space for lease. The new facility is at 3250 East Shelby St.

The union training center and offices will occupy 72,211 sf of the new building, which features 39,885 sf of open floor space assigned to hands-on instruction in steel stud framing, drywall installation, concrete forms construction, scaffold erection and bridge construction for apprentice and journey-level carpenters. Additional classrooms are set aside for instruction in blueprint reading, construction safety, first aid/CPR, mathematics and language skills, and the building includes a 3,700-sf meeting hall with a capacity for 400.

The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters’ new training center is part of a United Brotherhood of Carpenters training program that has an annual budget of $175 million for its 250 affiliated training centers. Fourteen regional training facilities in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah are under the jurisdiction of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, which has an annual training budget of $20 million.

Eight of the 14 regional centers are in Southern California, and the Ontario facility is the newest of these. The first classes at the Ontario training center are scheduled to begin in November. The building was designed by Gin Wong Associates and built by Whittier-based Oltmans Construction Co.

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