San Diego Mesa College breaks ground for new Student Services Center

What:   Ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Student Services Center at San Diego Mesa College, the latest SDCCD project funded by Propositions S and N.  The new four-story, 85,000 sq. ft. building will include new facilities for student services on campus. The building is on track to obtain a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

When:  Wednesday, September 22, 10:00 a.m.

Where: Parking Lot #1 (see map), San Diego Mesa College, 7250 Mesa College Dr., San Diego, CA  92111-4998  (Enter off Marlesta and Genessee.)

Program Speakers (in order of remarks)

  • Elizabeth J. Armstrong, Interim President, San Diego Mesa College                                      
  • Rich Grosch, President, SDCCD Board of Trustees
  • Constance Carroll, Ph.D., Chancellor, SDCCD
  • David Umstot, PE, Vice Chancellor Facilities Management, SDCCD
  • Randy Hanna, Principal, Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells
  • Barbara R. Kavalier, Ph.D., Vice President, Student Services, San Diego Mesa College

Other Interview Opportunities    Faculty, staff and students, contractors   ** Spanish speakers are available



The $55.7 million project provides a new four-story, 85,000 SF building to provide a central location for most

student services on campus, including Admissions, Financial Aid, Evaluations and Testing, Counseling, Student Government, Disabled Student Services, and

Information and Outreach.  The new building includes classrooms, conference areas, a Terrace Café and an express elevator between the lower parking lot and the

upper campus.


Designed by Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells, the Student Services Center is on track to obtain a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver

certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  It includes a number of unique features:

  • All of the departments are arranged around an open four‐level atrium, where students can interact with each other and the various departments. Each department opens into the atrium without doors, encouraging students and faculty to engage each other without barriers.
  • Each floor opens up onto a series of outdoor terraces that move up the hillside from the lower parking lot to the upper campus. A grand stair connects the upper and lower plazas to form a bold new campus entryway.
  • The colors of the building relate to the colors and textures of the trees that cover the hillside slopes adjacent to the project, connecting the building to its location on campus and creating a vibrant point at the new north entryway to the campus.
  • Projected energy savings of 340,000 kWh annually are 38% better than state requirements.
  • Water‐efficient plumbing, irrigation and landscape will result in a water savings of 40% on the building use and 50% on landscape.
  • The project will include materials and finishes that include recycled content, attention to Indoor air quality and the use of natural daylight

Visuals/Media Availability

  • Ceremonial “dig” to commemorate official groundbreaking
  • Construction crew, district and campus leaders, trustees, Citizens’ Oversight Committee members, students
  • Construction equipment, including excavators
  • Full-color architectural renderings of the project


Project Partners



ARCHITECTS Hanna Gabriel Wells

Construction Mgr.

PCL Construction


Electrical Engineer

Michael Wall Engineers

Civil Engineer

Snipes-Dye  Engineering

Mechanical Engineer

McParlane & Associates

Landscape Architect

MLA Design Studio

Propositions S & N Program Manager

Gafcon, Inc.


The $1.555 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program is providing new state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, major renovations, parking and public safety enhancements, and campus wide infrastructure projects at City, Mesa and Miramar Colleges and six Continuing Education campuses throughout San Diego.  For more information, please visit  For high-resolution photographs or renderings, please contact Ursula Kroemer at (760) 705-6919 or