MiraCosta College Celebrates Community Learning Center Groundbreaking for New Student Services Building
MiraCosta Community College District has announced the start of construction of the new Student Services Building at the District’s Community Learning Center Campus in Oceanside. The community is invited to the Groundbreaking Ceremony on February 13.
The new 9,910 square foot Student Services Building will provide a student-centered facility that consolidates the study areas and socialization spaces, along with staff space, into a single, dynamic environment. The new building will provide an anchor for the new campus quad that will encourage students to interact with the outdoor environments. The design will correct previous space deficiencies in office, library, and instructional media spaces.
The $12.3 million project will include an events terrace, a park and native garden, and a series of bioswales—shallow, open, and typically vegetated channels with gently sloping sides that can be incorporated into landscapes to direct and slow storm runoff and promote pollutant removal.
“This will be a signature, multi-functional project for the campus and provide the flexibility to host commencements, community events, and other large events in a much more welcoming and accessible environment,” said MiraCosta Facilities Director Tom Macias. “This project will also expand and improve parking, as we will provide a paved parking area where there is currently a dirt lot,” he added.
A ceremonial groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 3 p.m.; the event is open to the public.
The project architect is Lord Architecture; Align Builders was awarded the contract for construction last month by the MCCD Board of Trustees. Other project team members include Consulting & Inspection Services as the inspector of record; Kitchell for program and construction management; MTGL, Inc. for material testing and special inspection; and RMA Group for geotechnical services.
The new Student Services Building project is funded under Measure MM, the $455 million general obligation bond that was approved by voters in 2016. Detailed information about all of the district’s capital improvement projects is available for public review through the Capital Improvement Dashboard on the MCCD website, miracosta.edu. The Dashboard provides build-out details, financial performance, and project schedule performance information.
About MiraCosta College
The MiraCosta Community College District has served the coastal North San Diego County area for over 80 years. More than 21,000 credit students per semester in over 70 disciplines enroll in associate degrees, university transfer and workforce readiness certificate programs. The college also serves a wide spectrum of educational needs in the region ranging from programs for adult education, basic skills, and ESL to a California Community College pilot program offering the nation’s first baccalaureate degree in biomanufacturing. MiraCosta College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).