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SD Community College District gets two more LEED certifications

The San Diego Community College District has received word that two more projects under the district’s $1.55 billion propositions S and N construction bond programs have been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The two recognized projects are the Mesa College Student Services Center, which received LEED Gold status, and the Continuing Education Mesa College Campus, which has earned LEED Silver. The two certifications bring the district’s total number of certified facilities to 14. Additional plans aim to increase that figure to 41 in the future, the district said in a release.

“We are proud that projects approved by San Diego taxpayers are being recognized for their excellence in design and sustainability,” said SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll. “These prestigious certifications validate our ongoing commitment to providing students and staff with sustainable, safe and well-designed environments to support teaching and learning.”

The new four-story Student Services Center centralized most efforts of the offices of admissions, financial aid, health services, assessment and testing, counseling, veterans services and disability support programs and services. The 85,000-square-foot facility also contains classrooms, conference areas, a four-level atrium and a new express elevator between the lower parking lot and the upper campus. The project came at a cost of $45.8 million, and was constructed with materials and finishes that include recycled content, make use of natural daylight and promote better indoor air quality.

The district said water-efficient plumbing, irrigation and landscape will result in a water savings of 40 percent on the building use and 50 percent on landscape compared to a typical building. The building will also be 35 percent more energy efficient than required by state law, the district reports.

The Continuing Education Mesa College Campus, meanwhile, came at a cost of $22.5 million and has allowed for the consolidation of programs offered in temporary classrooms at a nearby high school, churches and surrounding community and neighborhood sites.

The two-story, 38,500-square-foot building provides a place for the college’s English as a Second Language and Parent Education programs, as well as Disability Support Programs and Services and enrichment programs for seniors. Energy consumption by the building comes in 43 percent below state requirements, the district said.

Both projects used PCL Construction as a construction manager. The Mesa College Student Services Center project team included Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells, while the Continuing Education Mesa College Campus project team included SGPA Architecture & Planning.

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