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Social and Behavioral Sciences Building


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$40.5 million
2013 - 2014
Proposition S
The Social and Behavioral Sciences building is a three-story, 73,714 square foot building that includes classrooms, lab spaces, faculty and administrative offices, lobby and exhibit space, and supporting infrastructure. The building layout includes a series of courtyards that open toward the future Mesa College Quad and provide daylighting and natural ventilation opportunities to the majority of the interior spaces. Other site design features include on-site storm water management and the use of drought tolerant native landscaping. The project is certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
Sustainable Features:
  • A high albedo roof was installed to reduce the heat island effect
  • Low-flow fixtures were installed to minimize water use
  • Along with water-efficient landscaping, a high-efficiency drip irrigation system is being used to minimize water consumption
  • Materials with high recycled content were used throughout the building
  • The use of low volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting materials improves indoor air quality
  • Operable windows were installed with sensors that shut down mechanical units when the windows are open
  • Low-E glazing maximizes natural daylighting and reduces energy required to power artificial lighting and cooling systems
  • Daylight sensors automatically dim lights in response to changing lighting conditions
  • Highly efficient mechanical systems to reduce energy consumption and exceed CA Title 24 energy efficiency standards by approximately 25%
  • 75% of construction materials, including waste and debris, was diverted from landfills


Project Team:
  • General Contractor: Swinerton Builders
  • Architect: Joseph Wong Design Associates
  • Civil Engineer: RBF Consulting
  • Structural Engineer: Burkett & Wong Engineers
  • Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: MA Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer: Johnson Consulting Engineers
  • Landscape Architect:  Marum Partnership
  • Campus Project Manager:  Diane K. Malone, AIA NCARB LEED AP, Gafcon, Inc.
  • Project Manager: Mike Clark, Gafcon, Inc.
  • Furniture, Fixture & Equipment (FF&E) Project Manager: Laura Faustine, Gafcon, Inc.