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State-of-the-art “green” facility includes innovative passive cooling and natural lighting strategies

that reduce total building energy usage by a projected 43%  

What:   Ceremonial grand opening for the new San Diego Continuing Education Mesa College Campus.  The $22.5 million facility is a two-story, 38,000 gross square feet building providing classes in ESL (English as a Second Language), Disability Support Programs and Services (the Acquired Brain Injury Program), Emeritus (classes for age 55+), and Parent Education programs. The project was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) – one of more than 40 certified buildings built orplanned across the District.

When:  Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 10:30 a.m. Tours will follow speaking program.

Where: San Diego Continuing Education Mesa College Campus, 7350 Armstrong Pl., San Diego, 92111.  View map

Program Speakers will include:

  • Leslie Shimasaki, Dean, San Diego Continuing Education
  • Anthony E. Beebe, Ed.D., President, San Diego Continuing Education
  • Rich Grosch, President, SDCCD Board of Trustees
  • Constance M. Carroll, Ph.D., Chancellor, SDCCD
  • David Umstot, Vice Chancellor Facilities Management, SDCCD
  • Elaheh Sareban, ESL Transition to College Student                                      

Other Interview Opportunities:  Faculty, staff and students, members of the design/build team, etc.  ** Spanish speakers are available

Visuals:  Ribbon cutting with oversized scissors, campus tours, live demonstrations and performances

Additional Background:

The Continuing Education Mesa College Campus is a new two-story, 38,500 square feet facility consolidating programs currently offered in temporary classrooms at Clairemont High School, rented facilities and community and neighborhood locations. The facility accommodates English as a Second Language, Disability Support Programs and Services, Parent/Child programs, and Emeritus programs for adults age 55+. It includes classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, art labs, a professional-grade teaching kitchen, an outdoor play area, a ceramics yard and administrative support space. The project was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and includes a number of sustainable features:

  • Innovative passive cooling and natural lighting strategies reduce total building energy usage by a projected 43%
  • The stairwells and hallway clerestories are metal screens and open to ambient air
  • A wind scoop harnesses the ocean breeze and funnels it into each classroom along the hall
  • Each instructor can choose natural vs. mechanical ventilation through computerized modules in each classroom
  • Capitalizing on ample natural light, a responsive system dims electrical lights during the day

Project Team:

  • Architect: SGPA Architecture & Planning
  • Construction Manager: PCL Construction
  • Structural Engineer:  KNA Consulting Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: Latitude 33
  • Electrical Engineer: Johnson Consulting Engineers
  • Plumbing/Mechanical Engineer:  MA Engineers
  • Landscape Architect: MW Peltz & Associates
  • Fire Protection:  Protection, Design and Consulting
  • LEED Consultant:  Drew George & Associates
  • Kitchen Consultant:  RW Smith and Co.
  • Inspector of Record:  Henderson Nugent
  • Campus Project Manager:  Scott Ellis, URS Corp.
  • Project Manager:  Brian Browning, PE, Gafcon, Inc.
  • Propositions S and N Program Manager: Gafcon, Inc.

The $1.555 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program is providing for new instructional and career training facilities, major renovations, campus wide infrastructure projects, public safety enhancements and parking projects at City, Mesa and Miramar Colleges, and six Continuing Education campuses. For additional information, please visit  Please also view our photo galleries available on FacebookFor project renderings or photos, please contact Ursula Kroemer at (760) 705-6919 or