Cesar Chavez Campus
San Diego, CA

This $50 million dollar 67,924 sf. LEED Silver project consists of a new building to consolidate the current educational programs at the Cesar E. Chavez and Centre City campuses.

Project Requirements

  • Automatic cost-center metrics monitoring
  • Classroom demand ventilation strategies
  • Integrated lighting, garage exhaust and HVAC system controls
  • LEED Silver Certification
  • Real-time mechanical and electrical infrastructure sub-metering for building BTU and electrical load analysis


In addition to new controls, performance monitoring and control system interfaces for the structure, the entire energy management system will be controlled through the remotely located San Diego Community College District’s Control Center. Sustainable features include:

  • Energy efficient design which exceeds state building efficient standards by a minimum 14%
  • Low-flow and waterless plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption by over 40% as compared to a typical building
  • A modular wetland structure captures and filters storm water. These structures look like slightly raised planters located near storm drains. Runoff is filtered by vegetation, improving quality before it enters the storm drain system
  • Drought tolerant landscaping and high efficiency irrigation reduce landscape-related water use by at least 50%

The facility houses 22 classrooms for vocational training, ESL, ABE, high school equivalency preparation classes, BIT, Parent Education and Emeritus programs.  The new building also includes a multi-purpose room, administrative offices and space for a Small Business Incubator.  Underground parking provides 149 spaces, including preferred parking for carpools and high efficiency vehicles.  Concurrent with the construction of the new classroom building, a new parking structure was constructed adjacent to the building with 320 spaces to accommodate additional parking needs.


Project Details

Owner: San Diego Community College District

General Contractor: Rudolph & Sletten

Mechanical Engineer: Merrick & Associates

Mechanical Contractor: A.O. Reed

Controls Contractor: Sunbelt Controls