PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The parking structure at Mesa College in Linda Vista is a five-level structure that accommodates 1,100 cars and includes space for alternative-fuel vehicles used by the Mesa College Police. The new parking structure is part of a $34 million east campus improvement project that also includes a new east campus entry and a complete road realignment along with a 7,000-square-foot College Police Station. The east gateway entrance will also include the new Allied Health Building, which is a $24.9 million project expected to be completed this fall. A new transit stop for the Metropolitan Transit System is also included in the project to help support and promote alternative transportation.
INTERESTING FACETS: All construction and major renovations by the San Diego Community College District are designed and built to obtain the highest possible certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The parking structure project includes a number of “green” design strategies, materials, products and construction practices designed to conserve water and energy, reduce waste and preserve natural resources. Photovoltaic panels will be installed on the top level to harvest solar energy , offsetting the energy needs for the new Police Station and Allied Health Buildings, both set to open later this year.
The landscape plan utilizes a water-efficient irrigation system and low-water use plants and shrubs.
FINANCING: Proposition S.
DESIGNERS: Architects Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker.
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Barnhart.
Construction Manager: URS.
Program Manager: Gafcon.
Inspector: Dave Lockhart.
Structural Engineer: Ficcadenti & Waggoner Consulting Structural Engineers.
Civil Engineers: RBF Consulting, Latitude 33.
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer: X-nth (formerly TKG Consulting Engineers).
Landscape Architect: Wimmer Yamada and Caughey.
Start Date: December 2007.
Completion Date: March 2, 2009 (occupancy date) for the parking structure, but some landscaping and other details are still being completed.
Project Cost: $34 million.
Square Footage: 1,100 parking spaces.
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