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Public gets chance to view new Mesa College police station

The San Diego Community College District will hold an open house Wednesday to mark the completion of the new Mesa College police station.

The public will be able to tour the 7,000-square-foot facility and watch demonstrations, including training procedures of the college police.

The single-story police station is located next to the parking garage and includes a reception area, staff office, conference areas, locker and exercise rooms and other secure areas for campus police.

The station will house a 25-member force including officers, lieutenants, sergeants, college service officers and administrative support staff.

The facility has several sustainable amenities such as daylight-harvesting fixtures, fly-ash concrete, a water efficient irrigation system and spaces for alternative-fuel efficient vehicles.

Also 75 percent of construction waste was recycled and the district said on-site renewable energy production will save the school about a third in normal annual building energy cost.

The project is currently undergoing the application process to obtain a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It would be the district’s first police facility to be LEED certified.

Barnhart Inc. served as the contractor on this project with Architects Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker handling all the design work. Other contractors on this project include RBF Consulting, Wimmer Yamada and Caughey, Hope Engineering, X-nth Inc. and Gafcon Inc.

The open house starts at 10 a.m. and goes until noon and will be at 7250 Mesa College Drive.

The station was part of the $29.3 million East Campus Improvement project that also included an adjacent parking structure, the realignment of the campus’ east entry gateway and road and parking improvements.

The police station is made possible through propositions S and N, $1.55 billion school bond measures passed by San Diego voters in 2002 and 2006. This money will allow the San Diego Community College District to repair and build new facilities for all of its campuses.

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