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San Diego City College Breaks Ground On New ‘Green’ Buildings

Rendering of state-of-the-art facilities that are on track for LEED Gold gree...

Photo by Roesling Nakamura Terada

Above: Rendering of state-of-the-art facilities that are on track for LEED Gold green building certification at San Diego City College.

The $89 million construction project is paid for with voter-approved bonds.

Dave Umstot, Vice Chancellor Facilities Management with the San Diego Community College District, said the state-of-the-art facilities are designed with features that encourage energy efficiency from water to electricity.

"Both of these will be LEED Gold buildings and what that really means to us is we're really looking hard at energy efficiency and the quality and sustainability of the materials," said Umstot.

He said the district will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs over the life of the two buildings.

Umstot said the construction is expected to be completed by 2013.

The Arts & Humanities building includes new classrooms, computer labs, and studio space for drawing, ceramics, sculpture and graphics.

The Business Technology building includes seven computer labs, and areas for start-up businesses for students in the business education program.

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