San Diego Business Journal

What: A three-story, 49,000-square-foot educational structure.

Where: 7250 Mesa College Drive.

Amenities: The facility will house a computer lab, classrooms, a clinical dental lab, physical therapy lab, medical lab, plus faculty and staff offices.

Interesting Aspects: The Allied Health Building is designed to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver certification. Among the sustainable design elements of the building are low-water use landscape, recycled materials, high-efficiency energy systems, Energy Star-qualified roof systems, and construction water recycling. The Allied Health Building's power requirements will be offset in part by energy provided by solar panels.

To reduce the vertical emphasis of the building, the exterior design incorporates multiple horizontal design elements such as a curtain wall system that reduces solar heat inside the building. This will also be the first building on the campus to use stone elements on the exterior.

Developer: San Diego Community College District.

Financing: The Allied Health Building is funded by the Proposition S construction bond approved by San Diego voters in 2002. It is the second instructional building to be built at Mesa College using Proposition S funds.

Designer: Architects | Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker.

General contractor: McCarthy Building Cos.

Major subcontractors: Project team consultants include Hope Engineering for structural engineering, RBF Consulting for civil engineering and TKG Consulting Engineers for mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering. Wimmer, Yamada and Caughey is the project team's landscape architect and Churchill Engineering is the code consultant.

Start date: April 2008.

Completion date: August 2009.

Building cost: $23.3 million.

Project cost: N/A.

Square footage: 49,000 square feet.

, Compiled by Andrew Schweizer