Chancellor Constance M. Carroll speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony.
San Diego Mesa College hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Center for Business & Technology – one of Mesa’s final classroom building projects under Propositions S and N.
The new $32.2 million, 60,000-square-foot, two-story building will serve as home for Mesa’s business, computer, and fashion design programs. The facility will include technology-rich classrooms, a case study-type classroom, computer laboratory classrooms, a fashion design laboratory, and faculty and staff space. The entry to the building will include a large video display wall. The project will also include hardscape and landscape improvements.
In keeping with the district’s Green Building Policy for all Propositions S and N-funded projects, the Center for Business & Technology is expected to be awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for green building and design – one of 42 LEED certifications across the District. It includes a number of sustainable features:
The building will have an active/hybrid passive ventilation on the second floor classrooms
and faculty offices. The ventilation system uses a series of efficient rooftop air
handling units with individual Variable Air Volume (VAV) systems in each room; each
room has an operable opening of at least 5% of the floor area. Once a window is opened,
the system is signaled to turn off heating/cooling and actively assist with pulling
air through the space with the VAVs.
The building design maximizes the use of natural daylighting; commissioning collaboration from an early stage will continue to ensure optimal building efficiencies.
Drought tolerant landscaping and bio-retention features design to filter and treat stormwater runoff.
The $1.555 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program provides new state-of-the-art instructional and career training facilities, major renovations, and campuswide infrastructure projects at City, Mesa and Miramar colleges and six Continuing Education campuses throughout San Diego. For more information, please visit the Props. S and N website.