Mesa College opens 1,100 space parking facility

What:   San Diego Mesa College this week officially opens a $31 million parking facility at the campus’ east entrance on Mesa College Drive.  San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) leaders join Mesa College administrators, students, and distinguished guests to celebrate the opening of the much-needed parking structure for the approximately 22,000 students who annually attend Mesa, one of the largest community colleges in the region and the nation.

When:  Wednesday, March 11, 10:30 a.m.

Where: 7250 Mesa College Dr., San Diego, CA 92111-4998

(Parking structure third level entry, Mesa College East Entrance. Directions at:

Who:    (order of speakers)

Rita M. Cepeda, President, San Diego Mesa College

Rich Grosch, President, Board of Trustees, SDCCD

Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor, SDCCD

Donna Frye, San Diego City Councilmember, District 6

Terrie Teegarden, Mesa College Academic Senate president

Sebastian Law, President, Mesa College Associated Students Government

Arthur “Tex” Barnhart, CEO, Barnhart, Inc


Other:   Architects Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker

            Faculty, staff and students



Parking has been a perennial issue at Mesa College, which serves approximately 22,000 students. This facility, funded through Proposition S, a $685 million construction bond passed by San Diego voters in 2002, is key to future construction projects on the 104-acre Kearny Mesa campus. In addition to the parking structure, the project includes a 7,000-square-foot police office building and a major realignment of the campus’ east entry.  The police substation will open this summer.


Architects Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker, a San Diego-based firm, was commissioned by the San Diego Community College District to provide full architectural services for the project.  Barnhart, Inc., a Heery International Company, served as contractor. Construction began in December 2006 and was completed in 14 months.


Sustainable Features:

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.  The Mesa College Parking Structure/Police Station project is no exception, and is expected to obtain a Silver LEED upon completion – one of only a few LEED-certified public safety facilities in San Diego County.  Once complete, the five-level structure will accommodate 1,100 cars, and will include spaces for alternative-fuel vehicles used by the Mesa College Police.


The parking structure project includes a number of “green” design strategies, materials, products and construction practices designed to conserve water and energy, reduce waste and preserve natural resources:

  • Photovoltaic panels will be installed on the top level to harvest solar energy – offsetting the energy needs for the new Police Station and Allied Health Buildings, both set to open later this year.
  • The concrete includes the addition of fly ash - a commonly-used coal combustion product – as a strengthening agent.  When fly ash is added to concrete, the amount of concrete necessary can also be reduced.
  • As an ‘open’ parking structure, there is no need for mechanical ventilation systems.
  • The landscape plan utilizes a water-efficient irrigation system and low water use plants and shrubs.



  • Official ribbon-cutting with giant scissors
  • Student Government leaders lead mini-convoy into the parking structure
  • Construction equipment used for completion of Police Station
  • Full-color architectural renderings of Mesa College Parking Structure



To obtain high-resolution renderings and/or construction photographs, please contact Ursula Kroemer at (760) 705-6919 or