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SD Mesa College building opens

A grand opening ceremony was held Wednesday for the new Social and Behavioral Sciences building at San Diego Mesa College.

The three-story, 73,714-square-foot building includes approximately 66,000 square feet of “smart” classrooms, as well as laboratory spaces for psychology, anthropology and geography. The building layout includes a series of courtyards that open toward the future Mesa College Quad and also provide daylight and natural ventilation opportunities for the majority of the interior spaces.

The facility has faculty and administrative offices, a lobby and exhibit space, and the third floor features a multiuse patio. Other site design features include on-site storm water management and drought-tolerant native landscaping. The project is on track to obtain LEED Silver certification.

The School of Social/Behavioral Sciences and Multicultural Studies is the second-largest instructional school at Mesa College, providing instruction in an array of disciplines. Two of the schoolís programs, psychology and sociology, are among Mesa College’s top associate degree and transfer programs.

Departments now housed in the Social and Behavioral Sciences building include anthropology, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology, as well as communication studies and exercise science health classes.

Three other school departments -- black studies, Chicano/Chicana studies and architecture and environmental design -- are housed at two different locations.

The project architect was Joseph Wong Design Associates. General contracting duties were overseen by Swinerton Builders and RBF Consultingserved as the civil engineer.

The structural engineer was Burkett & Wong Engineers. MA Engineers handled mechanical and plumbing, Johnson Consulting Engineers was in charge of electrical engineering and Marum Partnership handled landscape architecture.

Diane K. Malone, of Gafcon Inc., was the campus project manager; Mike Clark, also of Gafcon, served as project manager; and Gafcon's Laura Faustine served as furniture, fixtures and equipment project manager.

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