Mesa College opens new Allied Health Building

What:   Mesa College will open its new Allied Health Building, a three-story, 50,000 square foot facility that provides training, laboratory and classroom space for degree and certificate programs for five healthcare fields:  Dental Assisting; Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Physical Therapy Assistant and Radiologic Technology. The facility will train students as well as incumbent workforce professionals.  The $28.9 million facility is funded by the District’s $1.555 Propositions S and N construction bonds.

When:  Wed., Oct. 14, 10:00 a.m.

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

(Parking available at adjacent parking structure or in lots off Armstrong Drive. 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

David Umstot, Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management, SDCCD

Margie Fritch, Dean, School of Health Sciences and Public Services

Christine Kinney, Chair, Allied Health Department

Julie Calvert, Student, Physical Therapist Assisting Program


Other:   Architects -  Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker

            Builder -  McCarthy Building Companies

            Faculty, staff and students




The brand new, $28.9 million, 50,000-square-foot Allied Health building provides training facilities and classroom space for degree and certificate programs for five health care fields: dental assisting, health information technology, medical assisting, physical therapy assisting and radiologic technology.

Trained allied health professionals are in high demand statewide and the demand will continue to rise. The San Diego Workforce Partnership identifies four of these fields as among the 10 most in-demand healthcare fields through 2014. With this new facility, Mesa College will help fill that demand locally, as well as train incumbent health care professionals in the field.

The architectural firm  for Allied Health was Architects Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker, a San Diego-based firm which also designed the adjacent parking structure and police substation, and is completing the design for  Mesa’s future Math & Science Building.

The builder was McCarthy Construction, which also worked on the East Campus Entrance and which will return to Mesa to manage construction of the Math & Science Building as well.

The Allied Health project began construction in May 2008, and was completed on time, on budget, and with a perfect construction safety record in time for the Fall 2009 semester.


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. Allied Health is currently undergoing the application process to achieve a LEED Gold certification: The project includes a number of sustainable features:

  • Extensive use of natural lighting
  • Utilization of ‘high performance’ glass that allows sunlight in while reducing UV light and solar heat entering the building.
  • Highly insulated walls and roof areas to conserve energy and maintain uniform temperature
  • Extensive use of linoleum flooring, a natural material made from linseed oil
  • Energy efficient design and features exceed California’s Title 24 energy requirements by 7.4%.
  • Energy requirements will be offset by a solar panel array atop the nearby parking structure, boosting the building’s energy efficiency cost savings to 58.7%, compared to a standard building.
  • The landscape plan utilizes a water-efficient irrigation system and low water use plants and shrubs.



  • Official ribbon-cutting with giant scissors
  • Full-color architectural renderings
  • Tours of the facility


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


The $1.555 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program is providing for new teaching and learning facilities, major renovations, and campus-wide infrastructure projects at City, Mesa and Miramar Colleges, and six Continuing Education locations.  For more information, please visit