Design complete for new Nursing & Allied Health Building


The design of MiraCosta College’s future new Teresia M. Heyden Hall for Nursing & Allied Health building has been completed; approval by the Division of the State Architect (DSA) is expected in November, 2021.

The single-story building will provide training facilities; simulation spaces, including patient and operating rooms; and hands-on skills labs and classrooms outfitted with the latest healthcare technologies. The new building will support degree and certificate programs for several in-demand healthcare fields, including Nursing, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Health Education, and Medical Administrative Professional.

The 20,450 square-foot facility will be part of the Oceanside Campus’ new Health and Wellness Academic Hub, including a new gymnasium, and a Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition Studies (KHAN) building. These facilities are also awaiting final approval.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership has identified healthcare as one of the region’s priority job sectors, and, in July, launched a pilot program to widen access to high-paying healthcare jobs requiring an associate degree.

“As one of San Diego County’s leading resources for workforce development, we are excited about opening a new facility that is strategically designed and built to provide a world-class environment for students pursuing careers in these high-demand fields,” said Sunita “Sunny” Cooke, Superintendent/President of MiraCosta College. “These state-of-the-art skills labs, classrooms, and simulation labs mean students will be learning and practicing in work-like environments,” she added. “This means students can seamlessly transition to hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities because of their exceptional preparation”.

The building is named after a generous donor, Theresia M. Heyden, who was a long-time Oceanside resident and philanthropist. Ms. Heyden worked as a nurse in a number of countries and continued to serve as a volunteer nurse even after she formally retired. She had a love for MiraCosta College and the development of new nurses and she left a legacy gift  $4 million that will continue to support the MiraCosta College nursing program in perpetuity. 

MiraCosta College is hosting a series of information sessions about the Nursing and Allied Health programs; they are open to the public and last approximately 90 minutes.

The $26.2 million Allied Health facility will include several unique design features:
  • Innovative and high-tech simulation spaces that mimic real-world clinical settings, including patient rooms and operating rooms, to enhance the student experience and serve to strengthen healthcare cost efficiencies and patient outcomes
  • Extensive use of natural light, which research has shown to improve student wellbeing and productivity
  • High-efficiency fixtures will be used through-out
  • Exterior and interior finishes will feature eco-friendly materials
  • Landscaping will include low-water and native species
HMC Architects and Balfour Beatty serve as the design-build partnership leading the project, expected to be complete in fall 2023.

Visuals/Media Availability:
  • Renderings
  • Interviews are available with MiraCosta College Superintendent/President, Dr. Sunita Cooke
  • MiraCosta College Board President Rick Cassar
  • Members of the project design and construction teams upon request
  • Spanish speakers available upon request
Allied Health Building Project Partners
  • Design/Build Partnership: HMC Architects and Balfour Beatty
  • Landscape Architect: Schmidt Design
  • Civil Engineer: NV5
  • Structural Engineer: Saiful Bouquet
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: P2S, Inc.

The program and construction manager for the capital improvement program is Kitchell Capital Expenditures Manager (CEM), in association with Element Consulting, Inc., and Vic Salazar Communications.

Detailed information about all of the District’s Capital Improvement projects is available for public review through the Capital Improvement Dashboard on the MCCD website. The Dashboard provides build-out details, financial performance, and project schedule performance.

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