McCarthy-Built Allied Health Facility at San Diego Mesa College Awarded LEED Gold Certification
Constructed within compressed 16-month time frame, the three-story, 50,000-square-foot facility exceeds District’s expectations for sustainability by qualifying for a higher level of certification than targeted
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (www.mccarthy.com)
Completed in August 2009, the new $23 million Allied Health Education and Training Facility is the District’s sixth facility to be LEED certified and the fourth to achieve LEED Gold status. Construction was 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. Gafcon is the program manager for the Propositions S and N construction program for the San Diego Community College District.
“Working within a compressed construction schedule, McCarthy carried through the facility’s sustainable design in a practical manner, and kept the project on a clear course toward LEED certification,"
Umstot said that, while a typical project of this size would normally have required at least 18 months to build, the project team collaborated with the District to complete the building within 16 months. The shorter phasing plan reduced campus disruption and realized significant cost savings for the District and San Diego taxpayers.
Situated off Mesa College Drive at the main campus entry, the Allied Health Education and Training Facility serves as a prominent landmark at San Diego Mesa College. Encompassing laboratory, classroom and faculty office space, the building accommodates the facilities needed for students to pursue degrees and certificate programs within five of the region’s most in-demand healthcare fields, including dental assisting, health information technology, medical assisting, physical therapy, and radiologic technology.
The design of the Allied Health building incorporates a three-story layout to serve all the uses required by students and staff on the compact site. Stone cladding adds powerful vertical elements to the building’s stairs and entry areas. A continuous ribbon window curtain wall system with integral horizontal window eyebrows helps reduce the vertical emphasis of the building, while also playing a significant role in shading the glass and thus lowering the amount of solar heat gain inside the building.
Other sustainable design aspects of the building include highly insulated walls and roof areas, linoleum flooring made from natural sources, recycled construction materials, high-efficiency energy systems, an Energy-Star roof system, abundant daylighting, and low-water use landscape. The building’s power requirements are offset in part by energy generated by solar panels located on the roof of the adjacent parking structure.
The construction project also entailed realigning the existing roadway, requiring McCarthy to perform the majority of the work without disrupting the access/egress requirements of the campus. Once again, the project team worked with the District to shorten the construction schedule, thus reducing impact on campus traffic flow and providing cost savings to the District and taxpayers.
Project consultants involved in the Allied Health Education and Training Facility project included Hope Engineering for structural engineering, RBF Consulting and Latitude 33 for civil engineering, X-nth for mechanical and electrical engineering, and Wimmer Yamada and Caughey as the landscape architect. Churchill Engineering was the code consultant.
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About McCarthy Building Companies:
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., is the nation's 10th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2010) and among the top 10 education builders (Engineering News-Record, October 2006). The firm has been building in the education market for the past 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 www.mccarthy.com.