SDCCD – Mesa College Master Plan & Design Guidelines

SDCCD – Mesa College Master Plan & Design Guidelines

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San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) – Mesa College Master Plan & Design Guidelines


The heart of the Mesa College Master Plan lies in the creation of a University ambiance on a campus where only 1950’s era tilt-up concrete buildings currently exist.  Presently a sea of gray uniform single story buildings, the existing campus has few places that students would identify as being campus-like.


The Master Plan is a phased plan that orchestrates building relocations, demolitions, and new construction on a campus where no sites exist for new buildings.  A grand Paseo will link distant parking areas to the “Diagonal”, a path through the heart of the campus.  The Paseos visually and physically connect students and faculty, and also weave a new campus fabric that connects new buildings, “The Circle”, a traditional village green, other unique courtyards, and outdoor garden rooms.  A new campanile, the circle, bookstore, food court, and student union building all form the heart of the campus, similar to a traditional University setting.


The architecture and open space will evolve over a 10 to 15 year period; with mid-rise buildings defining grand yet intimate spaces.  New buildings will be built for social and behavioral sciences, math and science, shipping and receiving, instructional technology, student center, and cogeneration plant.  Currently in design are a new parking structure, campus police headquarters, and allied health sciences building.  The initial building for humanities, languages, and multicultural studies has been completed.

  • Year: 2006
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Size: 700,000 SF
  • Program: Master Plan, Design Guidelines