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Monday, May 9, 2011
Chris Bender, 619.482.6564

Project Will Include State-of-the Art Bookstore, New Classroom Space
and Civic Space for Community

Watch a video rendering of the Corner Lot Promenade

CHULA VISTA, CA – Southwestern College today announced that its corner lot design won an Award of Excellence for Project in Design from the Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC). The College’s award was based on the strength of the design’s connectivity to the existing campus and to the City of Chula Vista.

“From cutting-edge classes to campus construction, Southwestern College continues to lead,” Interim Superintendent/President Denise Whittaker said. “We are proud the energy and ideas of our students, faculty, staff and administrators helped shape BCA’s award-winning design. We congratulate the architects and look forward to our new facility serving our students and community.”

Funded by Proposition R, Southwestern College broke ground on the corner lot development in October 2010. The 110,000 square foot development will include:

  • a new college bookstore, classroom space, food court and culinary arts program for Southwestern students;
  • an art gallery to showcase the work of students and faculty;
  • a wellness center to better serve the community and a College police station;
  •  conference rental space to generate funds for student programs; and 
  • new administrative spaces, freeing up the current spaces for other uses, including classrooms.

Located at East H St. and Otay Lakes Rd., the project will incorporate green building techniques and sustainable features including green roofs, natural ventilation, daylighting to decrease the use of electric lights and collecting rain water for irrigation. Southwestern College is seeking LEED Certification with the development, the highest possible for a construction project. The project will create hundreds of construction jobs.
“We are honored to receive the CCFC’s prestigious Award of Excellence for the design of Southwestern College’s corner lot project,” Paul Bunton, President of BCA Architects, said. “The project offers new life to the campus while providing dramatic connectivity into the City of Chula Vista.”

The College’s Governing Board selected to complete the corner lot’s architectural design. The architect selection process included input from the College’s students, faculty, staff administration and surrounding community.

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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