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San Diego City College downtown will have a new science building, scheduled to open next year.

In the last year, the San Diego Community College District has spent approximately $200 million on improving its three main campuses and continuing education campuses.

This brings the grand total up to $850.818 million that have been spent since both construction bond measures, Propositions S and N, were passed in by San Diego voters 2002 and 2006. The two bonds total $1.555 billion and are meant to improve all the district campuses with construction of new buildings and facilities, and renovations of existing structures and programs.

So far, a combination of 40 projects has either had construction completed, finished being designed or had land acquisitioned for future development.

There are currently 20 projects under construction and an additional 12 projects that are either in the design phase or in programming.

The most active construction site, in terms of dollar amount, is San Diego City College downtown. The campus has more than $222.6 million in new classroom facilities and modernization projects, which also includes money for land acquisitions.

There are currently three major classroom buildings under construction.

The first that is scheduled to be completed is the Math and Social Sciences Building. When finished, in August, the five-story facility will be a general purpose classroom building with 85,000 square feet of space for a 120-seat lecture hall, 100-seat multipurpose room, two 40-seat conference hall classrooms, two small conference rooms and an instructional computer classroom.

The project also includes a seven-story parking structure with 393 spaces adjacent to the building. The parking garage will have a 6,700-square-foot family health center on the first floor.

The project is being built to obtain LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The cost of this project is $80.2 million, which includes $21.8 million in land acquisition costs. Completion is slated for Aug. 24, with move-in activities thereafter.

The second major construction project is for the Arts & Humanities and Business Technology Buildings, an $88.4 million dual classroom building project.

The new Arts & Humanities building will consist of approximately 128,000 square feet of space for classrooms, a lecture hall, computer labs and studio space for drawing, ceramics, sculpture and graphics.

There will also be a 99-seat theater with drama classrooms, dressing room and related offices with space for faculty and support staff, and a subterranean parking area designated for people with disabilities and faculty.

The new Business Technology building will have approximately 62,000 square feet for seven computer labs, classrooms, a lecture hall and areas for startup businesses for students in the business education program.

Located between both buildings will be a kiln yard, a sculpture garden and display area, and gathering space for students and faculty.

The project is slated to be completed in October 2013 and is being built to meet LEED Gold certification.

The last major construction project ongoing at City College is for the new Science Building. This $54 million project will be a four-story, L-shaped building providing 77,000 square feet of classrooms; labs with state-of-the-art technology for life sciences and physical sciences; a teaching garden and greenhouses; and a planetarium.

The project will also have landscape materials that will include both native and drought tolerant plants, along with alternative building systems to follow the green building standards. The Science Building is being built to LEED Silver standards from the U.S. Green Building Council and is expected to be finished by July 2013.

In addition, renovations are being done to City College’s A, C, M and T buildings, and repairs to the roof of the D Building.

At San Diego Mesa College in Clairemont, there are two large active construction projects totaling approximately $155.6 million.

The first one is scheduled to be completed on Aug. 31 and involves a new $45.8 million student services facility.

The new four-story 85,000-square-foot building will house admissions, financial aid, evaluations and testing, counseling, student government, disabled student services, information and outreach, classrooms, conference areas and a terrace café.

All of the departments are arranged around an open four-level reception area, where students can interact with each other and the various departments in a single location.

Also, each floor opens up onto a series of outdoor terraces that move up the hillside, from the lower parking lot to the upper campus, and a grand stair connects the upper and lower plazas.

The building is being constructed to meet LEED Silver certification with amenities such as water-efficient plumbing, irrigation and landscaping that will result in a water savings of 40-50 percent.

The second ongoing project at Mesa College is the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Building. This $109.8 million four-story structure will have 206,000 square feet of space for classrooms, lecture rooms, computer and teaching laboratories, and faculty support space.

Specialty teaching spaces will include a greenhouse and astronomy observation center, and exterior teaching spaces will include globally-themed micro-climate gardens.

The Mathematics and Natural Sciences Building is on pace to obtain a LEED Silver certification. Completion is expected in August 2013.

Additionally, infrastructure work is being done on the Mesa College campus for the East Campus Water Loop and the 12kV Electrical and Communication Loop. Also, new athletic field restrooms are being built.

San Diego Miramar College in Mira Mesa has five large ongoing construction projects, totaling approximately $142.3 million.

First up is the $34.5 million Cafeteria/Bookstore and Student Services Center.

When completed, this facility will be a three-story 76,000-square-foot structure with a multipurpose room, convenience store, coffee shop/café and meeting rooms and offices.

The project is designed to reinforce the primary pedestrian path and link the south end of the campus. Two ground floors will be created with the construction of an elevated pedestrian walkway, enhancing accessibility to student services. This design also includes areas where students can eat, socialize and access the Internet.

The project is slated to achieve LEED Silver certification and is on track to be finished in January 2013.

Opening on Sept. 5 will be the Library Learning Resource Center. This $39.4 million project will be a three-story 100,000-square-foot facility that will have classrooms, computer labs, tutoring services, a media production facility and faculty and staff offices. There will also be a rooftop deck that will provide gathering space and an area for future solar photovoltaic panels.

The building is designed to obtain a LEED Silver certification with amenities such as high-efficiency plumbing and electrical fixtures.

The third large project is the Heavy Duty Advanced Transportation Technology Center. The $15.2 million project will consist of approximately 17,500 square feet of space to support program expansion to diesel, natural gas, hybrid bus and transit technology, and new developments in construction equipment technology.

This project is slated to earn LEED Silver certification and on is track for completion in March of 2013.

The fourth major project is for the Aviation Maintenance Technology Center. The $10.7 million project entails repairing and renovating the existing 17,400-square-foot center and adding 10,400 additional square feet for new classrooms. It is on pace for LEED Silver certification and was recently completed last month.

The last major construction project at Miramar College deals with infrastructure improvements.

The project incorporates the addition of 17 electrical/telecom vaults throughout the south campus; two 15kV switchgear sections in the campus’s central plant and a new million gallon thermal energy storage tank; and over 8,000 linear feet of conduit installed underground throughout the south campus.

Estimated completion of this project is set for Aug. 31.

Proposition S and N bond money is also being spent on each of the district’s continuing education campuses. Currently, there is $87.1 million in ongoing construction projects.

At the North City Campus in Kearny Mesa, a new two‐story, 42,000-square-foot facility designated for multimedia is being completed.

So far on the $47.1 million design-build project, land acquisition and construction of a two-story parking structure has been done.

Construction of the North City facility and new classroom buildings are under way. When completed on April 2013, the campus will house multimedia and innovation classrooms, English as a second language classes, Mesa College credit outreach courses and Disabled Students Programs and Services.

The campus will also have a nutritional demonstration kitchen, a multipurpose room, technology center, a library and administrative offices.

This project is being built to obtain LEED Gold certification.

At the Clairemont/Linda Vista Continuing Education Campus, a $22 million project is under way. The goal of the two-story, 38,000-square-foot education structure is to consolidate operations and programs currently housed in temporary classrooms at Clairemont High School, Linda Vista Presbyterian Church and in surrounding community and neighborhood sites.

The new facility will offer classes through the Disabled Students Program and Services, Emeritus and English as a Second Language. In addition, there will be a parent/child space, nutritional demonstration kitchen and administrative office areas.

The project is designed to gain LEED Silver certification and is scheduled to be finished in October.

Finally, the Educational Cultural Complex in central San Diego is being expanded.

The $17.5 million project includes the addition of a new wing to the main building on campus to replace all bungalows and modular classrooms, labs and support rooms. The wing will now have art labs, lecture and support space.

Programs accommodated in the new wing will include work force training and preparation, and the expansion will allow for the relocation of a police substation.

The expansion project is slated to obtain LEED Silver certification and be finished by June 2013.

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