According to Manny Cruz at SD Metro, San Diego City College’s new science building is seeking LEED Gold certification. The building is expected to be completed in early-to-mid 2013.
San Diego City College will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at 10 a.m. on Friday for a new, four-story science building that will house the astronomy, life sciences and physical sciences programs. The 98,978-square-foot building will include multiple laboratories, science lecture classrooms, a rooftop observation deck and a planetarium. The $57.2 million project, funded as part of the San Diego Community College District’s $1.555 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program, is on track to obtain a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council, one of 12 across the district and among a total of 30 LEED certifications. An instructional “block” will house all of the classrooms, including four 60-seat classrooms, two 30-seat classrooms, a 120-seat classroom, along with offices and the planetarium. The other “block” will be designated for all of the laboratory areas, separating “dry” labs from “wet” labs. Harley Ellis Devereaux is the project architect. Construction manager is Rudolph & Sletten.