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Math and Science Building

SWC Math and Science Building, Chula Vista, CA

Project Description:

A new Math and Science, building will replace existing classrooms, laboratories, and lecture hall spaces currently housed in multiple buildings over 50 years old. This new and advanced two‐story facility is a corner stone of the Science, Technology, and Mathematics programs, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, and Mathematics. The building is designed for certification as a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver project by the U. S. Green Building Council.   Sustainability features include drought tolerant landscaping and a large belowground cistern for collecting building condensate water and rainwater for use in irrigation.

Scope of Work:

This project was designed to LEED Silver as well as the CALGreen and California Energy Code requirements. LEED Fundamental and Enhanced Commissioning were utilized.

Project Snapshot:

  • Southwestern College
  • Project Size: 103,029 sq. ft.
  • Construction Cost: $85.6M
  • GC: Rudolph Sletten
  • Year of Completion:  2019


  • Chilled and Heating System. 
  • Air Handling Systems. 
  • Ventilation Systems. 
  • Terminal Units to include Lab Air Valves and Lab Reheat Coils. 
  • Plumbing Systems to include Lab Recirculation Pumps. 
  • Emergency and Normal Power Electrical Systems.

Challenges & Successes:

  • Issue: Currently the AHUs do not control to a Max/Min flow as designed. The units are controlling to a DSP only.

          Resolution: TMCx has received an email from the controls contractor with an explanation and this item is still an open issue #16 on the current IR Log, as of 3/5/19.

  • Issue: TMCx witnessed that while testing the High/Low static alarms for the Lab EF’s, they do not turn the fans off as expected per the SOO. They are not hard wired. The BAS does register an alarm but the fans do not shut off.

          Resolution: The SOO calls for the fans to be De- Energized upon a high/low static cutout. This item remains open as issue #19 on the current IR Log.