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Southwestern College Governing Board Approves Schematic Design of New Central Plant, Improvements to Devore Stadium

Developments Will Make College More Energy Efficient, Create Dozens of New Jobs for Community

CHULA VISTA, CA Southwestern College is one step closer to breaking ground on its new central plant and field house, as well as making modernizations to DeVore Stadium, after the Governing Board approved the schematic design of the projects. Funded by

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Proposition R, the central plant will house the main campus' heating and cooling systems and the field house will include new classrooms and a fitness room.

"One way through these difficult times is education and job creation. These facilities help us meet both needs, building a College for the next generation and creating jobs for our residents," Denise Whittaker, Interim Superintendent/President of Southwestern College, said. "We are grateful to our community for approving the funds for these facilities."

Designed by Gensler Architects, the 6,000 square-foot central plant will serve 72 buildings on the College's main campus in Chula Vista. The conversion to a central heating and cooling plant will significantly lower the College's energy use and equipment maintenance, reducing energy costs and lowering the school's impact on the environment.

The new DeVore stadium will include a 20,000 square-foot and field house, with:

  • new classrooms;
  • weight and team rooms;
  • faculty offices;
  • restrooms;
  • concession stands; and

The stadium will also receive new synthetic turf.

"We are proud to be building a Southwestern College of the future," Tim Nader, President of the Southwestern College Governing Board, said. "These new additions will create a more cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly college and provide modern facilities for our students, employees and community. We look forward to hosting many of the South Bay's important events."

Funding for the $33 million project comes from Proposition R, which South County voters approved in November 2008. The project will generate dozens of construction jobs and incorporate the latest green building techniques. Construction will start June 2011 and is expected to take approximately 11 months.

About Southwestern College
Accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options.

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