Oceanside, CA News


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8/19/2013 Member News
MiraCosta College to Open New Modular Science Labs

Oceanside, CaliforniaAugust 8, 2013: On Friday, August 16th at 1:15 p.m., MiraCosta College faculty, students and administrators will hold a grand opening of a new, high-tech science building on the Oceanside Campus. The fully sustainable building, known as Building 4900, promises to help relieve some of the student demand for science courses.


"These labs will help alleviate a backlog of students who are waiting to take science classes," added David Broad, Board of Trustees president. "It will serve MiraCosta College well."

The $1.9 million modular building houses two, state-of-the-art biology laboratories. The purchase of these buildings fits in with the college’s Strategic Plan, which states, "MiraCosta Community College District will become a vanguard educational institution committed to innovation and researched best practices, broad access to higher education, and environmental sustainability." One of the district’s Institutional Objectives is "to develop and implement environmentally sustainable policies, practices, and systems."

"We decided to build labs that are completely sustainable," said Tom Macias, MiraCosta College’s director of facilities. The 3,360-square-foot labs run on photovoltaic power and are LEED Platinum Level-worthy.

Building 4900 was constructed by American Modular Systems of Manteca, Calif., and sits on a spot near the existing science buildings. It was delivered to the Oceanside Campus on June 17, and since delivery, staff has worked diligently to ensure the labs can hold classes this fall semester, which begins August 19.

Resources to pay for the buildings came from the district’s reserve funds. Construction of a new science building at the San Elijo Campus in Cardiff is set to start in December and should be completed for the fall 2014 semester.

The dedication on August 16 will feature remarks from college Superintendent/President Francisco Rodriguez, Board of Trustees President David Broad, MiraCosta College faculty and students. Following the remarks, tours of the building will be given. For additional information, contact Director of Public and Governmental Relations, Marketing and Communications Cheryl Broom at cbroom@miracosta.edu or 760.795.6612.