By Alex Girda, Associate Editor
Taking a crucial step toward starting work on a new science building on its National City campus, the Southwestern Community College District has selected Sundt Construction to manage the $15.3 million project.
Designed by Johnson Favaro architects, the two-story, 25,000-square-foot facility will provide laboratory space for the college’s chemistry, biology, microbiology and anatomy programs.
Also part of the project is the renovation of 10,000 square feet of office space that will be occupied by the college’s Small Business Development Center and Contract Opportunities offices. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2015 and to be completed in 2017.
Sundt’s other recent higher education projects in the state include the three-year-old Social Sciences and Management Building at the University of California’s Merced campus (pictured at right) and a $59 million research facility that opened in 2013 at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
Word of Sundt’s selection by the community college district came a few days after Sundt had announced the addition of five new team members to its San Diego office. Amber Simonson and Rudy Teh joined as senior project engineers, Thomas Lopez came on board as a project engineer, Ron Eldridge will serve as a senior project superintendent and Tom Oliver is a new project superintendent.
Image of UC Merced Social Sciences and Management Building courtesy of sundt.com