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Construction moves forward at SDCCD campuses

Nearly 100 projects to date have been completed for the San Diego Community College District thanks to voter-approved construction bond measures in 2002 and 2006, the district reported Monday.

Proposition S, a $685 million bond passed in 2002, and Proposition N, an $870 million bond passed in 2006, have funded new instructional and career training facilities, major renovations to existing buildings, student and public safety enhancements, parking facilities and campuswide infrastructure projects at the district’s City, Mesa and Miramar colleges, and seven continuing education campuses.

“We have opened a number of extraordinary new buildings with state-of-the art instructional equipment,” Chancellor Constance M. Carroll said. “As a result, our students are extremely well-educated and well-prepared either to transfer to four-year universities or to enter the workforce with in-demand skill sets.”

Approximately 125 projects make up the Propositions S and N bond program, which includes five facilities that will be open for the fall semester. These include the new Arts & Humanities and Business Technology buildings at City College, and a new Student Welcome and Resource Center, new administration building and new Fire Science/EMT Training Facility at Miramar College.

In addition to these five projects, seven other projects are under construction or nearing completion.

At San Diego City College, construction is wrapping up on the $94.6 million the Arts & Humanities and Business Technology Complex.

The new Arts & Humanities Building will consists of 128,378 square feet of new space for the arts and humanities department including space for classes in visual arts, English, English for speakers of other languages, speech and foreign language, honors, world cultures and city works programs.

The building will include new classrooms, a lecture hall, computer labs, and studio space for drawing, ceramics, sculpture and graphics. There will be a 100-seat black-box theater with drama classrooms and related offices and space for faculty and support staff.

The exterior of the Arts & Humanities Building will have a kiln yard, a sculpture garden and display area, and gathering space for students and faculty.

The Arts & Humanities Building is being built as a dual-classroom building project with the Business Technology Building.

The Business Technology Building consists of approximately 62,000 square feet of new space for the business department, including new space for classes in business studies, the Enactus small-business certificate program and business and computer systems.

Inside the building will be seven computer labs, classrooms, a lecture hall, areas for startup businesses for students in the business education program, common areas and associated support space for faculty and staff.

The entire Arts & Humanities/Business Technology Complex is on track to obtain LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is due to be completed by the end of August and ready for the fall semester.

At Mesa College, Propositions S and N have funded seven new academic and career training facilities, four major renovations, nine infrastructure projects, parking facilities and public safety enhancements.

Currently under construction at Mesa College include a$40.5 million Social Behavioral Sciences Building. It will be a three-story 73,714-square-foot building that includes classrooms, lab spaces, faculty and administrative offices, lobby and exhibit space, and supporting infrastructure.

The building layout includes a series of courtyards that open toward the future Mesa College quad and will provide daylight and natural ventilation opportunities to the majority of the interior spaces.

Other site design features include on-site stormwater management and the use of drought-tolerant native landscaping. The project is designed to obtain LEED Silver certification. It is scheduled for completion in September and will be open for classes in early October.

Also under construction is a $44.3 million cafeteria/bookstore/stockroom complex.

The facility will consist of a two-story, 60,000-square-foot building that will house the campus main food service, bookstore, coffee bar, convenience store, campus stockroom, faculty and staff reprographic services, auxiliary conference rooms, and the culinary arts/culinary management program, which includes a student-run restaurant and rooftop garden.

The building design features sustainable elements including natural ventilation, solar water heating, radiant floor heating, stormwater harvesting and natural daylight. The project is designed to meet LEED Silver certification and is scheduled for completion in September 2015.

A $15.3 million Exercise Science Center is also slated to be built. It will be a two-story, 27,200-square-foot steel structure to be occupied by the Mesa College Athletics Department.

Program elements include an aerobics studio, weight room, indoor cycling room, free-weight training lab, athletic training room, a ‘wet lab’ with whirlpools and icing stations to treat injuries, cardio fitness training lab and an office suite.

The project also includes hardscape and landscape elements.

The Exercise Science Center is expected to obtain LEED Silver certification and is scheduled for completion in June 2015.

At Miramar College, eight new academic and career training facilities, five major renovations, nine infrastructure projects, parking facilities and public safety enhancements have been completed thanks to Propositions S and N.

Construction is wrapping up on the $16.5 million Fire Science/EMT Training Facility.

When completed, it will have approximately 23,000 square feet of space for a classroom and active training center for the district’s Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technician programs. It will also include lab support space, staging for equipment and classrooms and offices. The outdoor training facility includes a drill tower.

The project is on track for a LEED Silver certification, and a grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 11.

Also slated for Miramar College is the $8.05 million Student Resources and Welcome Center.

This project consists of the major renovation of college’s former interim library to serve as the new Student Resources and Welcome Center.

The interior has been gutted, and the building upgrade calls for the complete replacement of the existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. There has also been major site work as part of this project, including a pedestrian promenade and new parking lot.

An open house opening is scheduled for Sept. 3.

Also about to be completed at Miramar College is the $34.4 million Science Building Expansion.

The project will provide a two-story 49,000-square-foot addition to the existing Science Building, connecting the two buildings with a second floor bridge.

The first floor will include two lecture halls with capacity for 60 students, new conference and collaboration space, and new administrative space. The second floor will be all labs.

There are nine new laboratories going in as part of the expansion, doubling the number of existing laboratory space. The roof will house a small greenhouse, a telescope storage warehouse, and observatory stands and ports for 12 telescopes.

The project is scheduled for completion in November and is on track to obtain a LEED Silver certification.

“We are so grateful to the voters for their confidence in the San Diego Community College District and for supporting these important projects,” said Rich Grosch, member of the board of trustees. “Our taxpayers deserve enormous credit for helping build the future of education in San Diego.”

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