San Diego CCD Miramar College Library/Learning Resource Center and Central Quad
Features & Highlights
- LEED Silver®
For San Diego’s Miramar College, part of the San Diego Community College District, Sundt added a new Learning Library Resource Center. The three-story, 105,000-square-foot building houses library resources and support information technology operation. It includes a 236-seat auditorium, classrooms, a computer lab and a media production facility. The adjacent central quad, also constructed by Sundt, consists of landscaped areas and circular concrete pathways that mimic an aviation navigational tool—homage to the site’s former use as an airfield. The building core is structural steel; a mix of plaster and stone veneer makes up the exterior.
Environmentally-friendly features include a light-colored exterior that helps reflect the sun’s heat to reduce cooling costs and minimize the heat island effect. Drought-tolerant landscaping and the latest water-saving technologies were implemented to reduce water use. The use of local and regional materials, organic compound low volatile-emitting indoor materials, adhesives, sealants and paints and a high-efficiency HVAC system contribute to reducing the building’s carbon footprint. To emphasize the district’s desire to conserve energy, educational signage was added to identify the building components that promote sustainability.