Featured prominently on the Palomar Community College campus, the new Maintenance and Operations Buildings house offices and workshops that were formally located in eight different structures.

The project, with a total footprint of 30,000 SF includes two buildings; one for departmental offices and one for facilities departments. The facilities building combines multiple departments – warehousing, grounds, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, welding, custodial, painting and maintenance – under one roof.

The project is the second design-build project for Palomar CCD and is the District’s first Net Zero Energy project. The buildings are targeting Petal Certification from the Living Building Challenge, making this the first Petal Certified community college in the world. This certification exceeds LEED Platinum qualifications.

Highlighted Awards:

  • ENR’snational recognition for Best of the Best 2018 Green Project
  • ENR California’s 2018 Best Green Project
  • Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) 2019 National Award of Merit, Educational Facilities
  • San Diego Architectural Foundation 2019 Orchid Award

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"The Palomar Community College District (PCCD) Maintenance and Operations Complex has been an exemplary project for Palomar College; and working with this Design-Build team has been a rewarding experience that has led to the design and construction of an extremely sustainable and innovative building.

We were able to successfully team with BNIM and Level 10 Construction as our design-build partner by creating open communication to ensure that a collaborative approach was established early on. Our challenge to the Design-Build team, BNIM and Level 10 Construction, was to design and build a very sustainable, low operating cost building that would serve the needs of the district and the community for years to come.

Our open and collaborative approach served to promote unique ideas in the design including more than 300+ PV solar panels that generate electricity for the building and help shade the structure; a rainwater collection system that produces energy and irrigates the surrounding landscape; as well as five thermal chimneys that provide cooling and can heat the buildings during cold spells.

It took an immense amount of collaboration and coordination among all team members to build this innovative complex. The buildings will achieve LEED Platinum certification and the even more stringent Living Building Challenge Petal certification set by the International Living Future Institute based in Seattle. Palomar would be the first community college in the world to gain Living Building Challenge Petal certification."

Dennis Astl, R.A., CCM, LEED AP, Manager, Construction & Facilities Planning at Palomar College, Palomar College

Project Executive

Mike Conroy

VP Operations