San Diego: Southwestern College begins process of canceling design/construction contracts

Following the embarrassing saga involving bond contracts for improvements at Southwestern College leading to numerous allegations of criminal activity, the school’s board has begun the process of terminating contracts. The contracts in place involve Seville Construction Services and BCA Architects.

On Jan. 11, the board voted to place those contracts on hold while it continued its internal investigation into bid discrepancies, and the Southwestern College Foundation, an auxiliary nonprofit aimed at providing student scholarships.

The governing board voted unanimously in closed session Wednesday to begin the legal steps for terminating a $2.8 million contract with Seville Construction Services and a $5.3 million with BCA Architects involving Proposition R projects approved by voters in 2008.

The bulk of the funds have already been paid to the contractors.