MiraCosta Community College is planning to construct a 24,000-sf chemistry and biotechnology building in Oceanside, Calif. The $37.4 million project, crafted through a design-build partnership between HED and C.W. Driver, will provide leading-edge environments for the school's growing biotechnology program and other STEM courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Featuring flexible, 40-person classrooms, the facility will offer a vibrant mix of instructional, work, social, and laboratory spaces. The entire building will be activated through integration with the latest learning technologies to provide students and faculty with virtual access to MiraCosta's innovative curriculum. Opening onto a new quad and plaza, the sustainably designed structure will incorporate an expansive roof to create a weather-protected exterior zone for gatherings and interactions. Covered and screened porches of varying widths will act as additional study and meeting venues while enhancing connections to adjoining spaces.
The project team includes program criteria architect Lionakis, civil engineer NV5, electrical engineer Michael Wall Engineering, mechanical engineer MA Engineers, structural engineer Miyamoto International, and landscape architect KTUA. Construction is slated to begin in spring of 2022 with completion expected in summer of 2023.