Nearly 39,000 square feet, the $18 million campus was designed to be Continuing Education’s “Campus of Excellence” for Hospitality Services and Consumer Science. In addition to housing one of the best Culinary Arts kitchens in all of San Diego for teaching, learning and demonstration, West City’s technology-rich, state-of-the-art classrooms are especially designed to teach and enhance student skills in Sewing, Fashion, Business Information Technology, English for non-native English Speakers, Parent Education, Arts and the Emeritus Program (classes for age 55+).
The project was funded by the $1.555 billion voter-approved Propositions S and N construction bond program, providing for new instructional facilities, major renovations and infrastructure projects at City, Mesa and Miramar Colleges, and six Continuing Education campuses.
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 (LEED) program. West City will obtain, at minimum, LEED Silver.
- Low E-rated windows and solar tubes help maximize natural daylighting, reducing energy demands on cooling and artificial lighting. Sensors automatically dim lights in response to available lighting.
- Annual estimated kWh saved compared to typical building is in excess of 282,000 kWh, nearly 50% better than required by California’s Title 24 requirements for energy efficiency
- Low-flow and waterless plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption by over 40% as compared to a standard building, saving an estimated 386,000 gallons of water per year.
- A high percentage of new construction materials are made from recycled materials. This includes countertops made from recycled newsprint, fences made from recycled plastics, and play surfaces made from recycled tires.
- The use of porous concrete in the parking lots serves as a storm water management tool, minimizing runoff to the San Diego Bay/River.
- Trees and shrubs have been selected for their compatibility to the area, to provide shade and to minimize the need for water. A high efficiency irrigation system utilizes a controller that adjusts itself to the local weather.
- Sorting and recycling the construction waste diverted about 90% of the project’s construction waste – approximately 200 tons – from the local landfills. This included grinding the concrete foundations and parking lot from the old buildings to reuse as base under the new building.
- Economizer units on the roof will circulate fresh outside air into the building. Low-fume emitting paint, adhesives and carpeting, along with automatic CO2 monitors help maintain good indoor air quality.