McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., one of the nation’s leading education facility builders, has begun construction for the new 180,000-square-foot, four-story Math and Science Building in the heart of San Diego Mesa College, located at 7250 Mesa College Dr. in the Clairemont area of San Diego, Calif.
The new Math and Science Building will occupy the area immediately east of the existing Learning and Resource Building and south of the I-300 Building. Last November, construction crews began disassembling three older buildings on the campus before performing hard demolition and breaking ground for the new facility. Construction is being carefully monitored and managed to minimize disruption to regular campus activities.
The new $92 million instructional building is being funded by the $1.555 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program, which is providing for new teaching and learning facilities, major renovations and campus infrastructure projects at Mesa, City and Miramar colleges, and six continuing education campuses. Completion is slated for March 2013.
This is the second major project McCarthy has worked on at San Diego Mesa College on behalf of the San Diego Community College District. The company also built the new three-story, 50,000-square-foot Allied Health Building, which was completed in August of 2009.
"Both students and faculty members can look forward to this being a wonderful new addition to the San Diego Mesa College campus,” said David Umstot, vice chancellor of facilities management for the San Diego Community College District. “The Math and Science Building is more technically complex than most construction projects, and we believe McCarthy is best suited to build it based on their extensive experience with laboratories and higher education construction projects, not to mention their excellent performance on the Allied Health Building.”
Designed by Architects | Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker, the new San Diego Mesa College Math and Science Building will house four floors of classrooms, laboratory space and offices for the departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physical sciences. Additionally, several faculty/student interaction areas have been incorporated into the building's design. The new Math and Science Building will be constructed of structural steel with concrete shear walls and an exterior curtain wall.
The building’s design incorporates numerous sustainable features, with the project team targeting LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. All classrooms, teaching laboratories, and the majority of the staff offices will optimize the use of natural daylight. The windows will utilize high-performance, low "E" glazing that will allow natural daylight to enter the building, while rejecting unwanted ultraviolet and infrared light waves. This, in turn, will help reduce the amount of energy required to condition the building. The roofing construction will consist of a cool-roof material, which also will reflect unwanted energy and reduce the amount of energy consumed.
Consistent with sustainable design practices, many of the interior finishes at the new San Diego Mesa College Math and Science Building will be made from recycled material or rapidly renewable sources, such as bamboo. Construction waste also will be recycled.
According to McCarthy Project Director Robert Betz, one of the biggest challenges facing the construction team is the project's location on a compact 200,000-square-foot site, right in the middle of the campus.
"Project access is a major issue that will pose ingress/egress as well as subcontractor scheduling challenges throughout the two-year build-out," said Betz. "We have worked with the District to devise a plan that will allow us to work within the site constraints while causing the least amount of disruption possible to traffic and ongoing activities.”
Project team consultants for the new San Diego Mesa College Math and Science Building include Hope Engineering for structural engineering, and X-nth for mechanical and electrical engineering. The program manager for the Propositions S and N construction program for the San Diego Community College District is Gafcon.
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (mccarthy.com) is the nation’s 10th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2009) and among the top 10 education builders (Engineering News-Record, October 2006). The firm has been building in the education market for the last 50 years. Committed to the construction of high performance buildings, the company has managed construction or built more than 300 K-12 school projects nationwide totaling more than $2 billion in construction value, and nearly 100 higher education projects on more than 50 campuses. In addition to San Diego, McCarthy has offices in Newport Beach, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; St. Louis; Dallas and Atlanta. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at mccarthy.com.
Among the largest community colleges in California and the nation, San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited two-year college offering 160 Associate degree and certificate programs. Recognized in 2007 as one of the top 100 producers of associate degrees in the nation, Mesa College ranks as San Diego’s top transfer institution. The college also serves as an important economic catalyst for the region. Its career programs and industry alliances offer graduates almost immediate job placement in the fields of allied health, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, business technology, consumer studies, and more. Other top specialized career programs include fashion, architecture, multimedia, animal health technology, American Sign Language, interior design, and hospitality and event management. More information is available online at sdmesa.edu.
Submitted by Kutch & Company on behalf of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.