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Design work begins for four new buildings at MiraCosta’s Oceanside Campus

01/10/2019
The design phase is now underway for four new buildings and a new parking lot at the MiraCosta Community College District's Oceanside campus. The projects, funded by Measure MM, the $455 million bond measure approved by district voters in November 2016, will be aligned with the vision set out by the district’s Facility Master Plan, which calls for the creation of academic hubs throughout the campus centered around different academic themes and each including instructional space, tutoring and study space, faculty space, and outdoor learning and gathering spaces. 

“We are extremely excited to begin the designs for these major new facilities,” said MiraCosta College Facilities Director Tom Macias. “The academic hubs and new facilities will be important to creating a stronger identity for the Oceanside campus and its departments, improving wayfinding on campus, and really helping to improve the campus experience for everyone.”

The four buildings, among 11 new construction projects planned for the Oceanside campus, include: 

Allied Health Building & Gym Complex for new Health and Wellness Hub

The new Allied Health Building will be coupled with a new gymnasium to create a new health and wellness academic hub. The $28 million Allied Health Building will include state-of-the-art medical simulation spaces, including patient rooms, simulation labs of surgical rooms, and hands-on skill labs and classrooms. Currently proposed as a single-story, 20,450 gross-square-feet facility, it will serve as the key connection to the main east-west promenade. 

The new $36 million Gymnasium Building will replace the existing gym buildings and provide a consolidated location for a new gymnasium, athletics instruction spaces, and the Wellness Center. The 35,340 gross-square-feet facility will also include locker rooms, equipment storage, and a multi-purpose studio.

A new parking lot supplying more than 500 parking spots will be located South of the new health hub near the main entrance to campus with a new drive aisle strategically located to provide a four-way intersection which will simplify the vehicular entrance sequence to the campus.

These projects are currently in the programming phase of design and Lionakis Architecture and Engineering has been selected by the district as criteria architect to facilitate these discussions. 

Student Services Building

The $47 million Student Services facility will consolidate student service functions currently scattered throughout the campus to a single, one-stop shop, and will include a new home for the Veterans Center. Located at the current Pedley Park, the new building is strategically located to act as a gateway building for the campus, providing a much-needed sense of entry and easy wayfinding for new or prospective students. Currently proposed as a 39,040 gross-square-feet, two-story structure, the building will also allow access and entry from the street level for visitors and campus promenade level for current students.

This project is currently in the programming phase of design and Gensler Architecture and Design has been selected as criteria architect to facilitate these discussions.

Chemistry and Biotechnology

The new Chemistry and Biotechnology Building will provide a state-of-the-art facility with new chemistry and biochemistry labs and two 40-seat flexible classrooms. As the district’s Biotechnology program expands into a Baccalaureate degree program, the 20,630 gross-square-feet building will provide needed space for growth. The $36 million project will be the major component of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) quad and plaza.

This project is currently in the programming phase of design and Lionakis Architecture and Engineering has been selected by the district as criteria architect to facilitate these discussions. 

Each of these projects is being delivered with the design-bid-build project delivery model. The design-bid-build project delivery model, as described by the Design-Build Institute of America, is a delivery model in which the owner manages only one contract with a single point of responsibility. The designer and contractor work together from the beginning, as a team, providing unified project recommendations to fit the owner's schedule and budget while fostering a culture of collaboration.