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MiraCosta College Opening $41.3M KHAN Building

EDUCATION: Part of Health & Wellness Hub Complex

OCEANSIDE – MiraCosta College is preparing to formally open a $41.3 million complex at its Oceanside campus that includes a new gym, a wellness center, offices for team coaches and classrooms for athletic instruction.

Called the Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition (KHAN) Building and Gymnasium complex, the 40,415-square-foot project replaced three buildings that included the old gym and consolidated classes that were scattered across the campus.

Kinesiology is the study of ways that physical activity affects the body and overall health and well-being.

“This was life changing for us,” said Patrick Conahan, MiraCosta athletic director.
Conahan said that the new gym was overdue, replacing one that was about 70 years old.

“Our old gym leaked when it rained.” Conahan said. “We would have to have buckets and towels.”

David Dunn
Program Manager

The three new buildings, including the gym, are clustered in a triangular pattern around open courtyards and meant “to just make a visual impact, to outwardly show what’s going on inside and draws the students in,” said David Dunn, program director of Kitchell. Kitchell is the construction and program manager of MiraCosta’s capital improvement program.

An adjacent affiliated structure, the 27,787-square-foot Teresia M. Heyden Hall for Nursing and Allied Health, is still under construction, due for completion in summer.

The $29.8 million Heyden building will be the new home of MiraCosta’s nursing program.

The building was designed partly to mimic the layout and functions that nurses would find in a hospital, including an operating room, a central nurse’s station, exam rooms and patient rooms, Dunn said.

Combined with the KHAN and the new gym, the Heyden building is part of the Oceanside campus’ new Health and Wellness Academic Hub.

Architectural Billboard

HMC Architects and Balfour Beatty Construction were the design-build team on the overall project, and Schmidt Design was the landscape architect.

“This complex provides a thoughtful, modern, and well-equipped teaching and learning environment our students and faculty deserve,” said Tim Flood, assistant superintendent/vice president of administrative services.

Designed to be an architectural billboard at night when it’s lit, the new gym is the centerpiece of the project.

A stunning mural of the college mascot, a Spartan warrior, superimposed on a wave covers one wall of the gym and is visible from the exterior through a glass façade.

Large glass door walls in the Wellness Center are designed to provide indoor/outdoor connections, as are roll-up operable walls in a center fitness studio.

Five sand volleyball courts for beach volleyball were installed alongside the gym.
MiraCosta won the state championship for beach volleyball in 2017, but Conahan said that the team had to trek to nearby beaches for practice.

Patrick Conahan
Athletic Director
MiraCosta College

“The five beach volleyball courts will allow us to host the state championship,” Conahan said.

The team trophy, along with others, will be on display in the gym lobby.
“A lobby is a new thing for us. We didn’t have a lobby in our old gym,” Conahan said.

MiraCosta students compete in six intercollegiate sports – men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s beach volleyball, and women’s indoor volleyball.

Along with ellipticals, treadmills and other training equipment, the complex includes men’s and women’s lockers and showers.

There’s also a laundry room that will be available for homeless students to use.
“We made a real big push to serve and take care of and provide resources for homeless students,” Conahan said.

MiraCosta College
PRESIDENT: Sunita Cooke
BUSINESS: community college
ENROLLMENT: 20,000 students taking credit courses
WEBSITE: www.miracosta.edu
CONTACT: 760-795-6610
NOTABLE: MiraCosta began in a wing at Oceanside High School


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