Summer Building and Design Activities Bring New State-of-the-art Facilities to MiraCosta College


Extensive construction, renovation, and design activities are underway at MiraCosta College as part of the District’s comprehensive capital improvement program, providing major facility transformations, new construction, upgraded instructional technology, and safety and accessibility enhancements to provide unparalleled 21st-century education and career training experiences.


Summer construction includes six new buildings and a significant renovation project at the Oceanside Campus.


“The transformation of our college facilities plays a crucial role in workforce development and creating career opportunities for students,” said Tim Flood, MiraCosta’s Vice President of Administrative Services. “It’s essential that our facilities are state-of-the-art and equipped with cutting-edge resources that foster innovation and excellence.”


“We want to be the destination college where students can differentiate themselves academically or develop a competitive edge by gaining skills in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs that mirror real-world environments,” said Flood. “And we’re doing that thanks to Measure MM.”


Measure MM, a $455 million bond approved by voters in 2016, provides several key improvements, including upgrades to career training facilities for science, health care, technology, and the skilled trades. 


“We are indebted to North County taxpayers for supporting Measure MM,” added Flood. “They have been essential partners in bringing about these critical facility transformations.”


Projects under construction include six new buildings at the Oceanside Campus, including the Student Services Building; Theresia M. Heyden Hall for Nursing and Allied Health; Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition (KHAN) Building; Gymnasium; Chemistry and Biotechnology Building, and the Media Arts Complex. 


Summer activities include renovating Building 1200, which serves as Oceanside’s library.


Design efforts are underway to create space for new Social Justice and Equity Centers in the 3400 and 3700 buildings. As part of the same project, a new building is planned to develop a consolidated Communications Hub replacing aging buildings and continuing the effort to create unified academic hubs around campus. Design work is ongoing for the campus wayfinding and signage project.


Oceanside Campus

The Nursing and Allied Health building, named for long-time Oceanside resident, philanthropist, and former nurse, Theresia M. Heyden, will provide a centralized location and appropriate facilities for all Allied Health programs. The facility will include state-of-the-art simulation spaces for patients and operating rooms, hands-on skills labs, and classrooms.  


The $28.8 million facility, scheduled to be completed next spring, will be part of the Health and Wellness Academic Hub on campus and is part of a design-build procurement led by the design-build partnership of HMC Architects and Balfour Beatty.


The hub will include a new gymnasium complex that replaces the existing, outdated gym buildings to provide the new Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition (KHAN) Building, Wellness Center, athletics instruction spaces, and modernized gymnasium. Occupancy of the Gym and KHAN buildings should occur in the spring of 2024 and Heyden Hall in the summer of 2024.


The $41.1 million project, encompassing 40,915 square feet, will include locker rooms, equipment storage, and a multi-purpose studio. It is slated to be completed this fall.


The new Student Services Building will unify student service functions throughout the campus into a single, one-stop-shop. It will include a new home for the Veterans Center. 


Located in the former site of Pedley Park, the new building is strategically positioned to act as a gateway building for the campus, providing a much-needed sense of entry and easy wayfinding for new or prospective students. The two-story building will allow access and entry from the street level for visitors and the campus promenade level for current students.


The $62.1 million project comprises 54,556 square feet of space; a design-build partnership leads it with DLR Group and Swinerton Builders. It is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2024.


The new Chemistry and Biotechnology Building will provide a 23,391 square feet facility with new chemistry and biochemistry labs and two 40-seat flexible classrooms. The building will provide needed space for growth as the district’s Biotechnology program expands into a Baccalaureate degree program. The $46.9 million project will be a significant component of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) quad and plaza. It is expected to be completed in late summer of 2024. A design-build partnership leads the project with HED and C.W. Driver.


Construction is underway for a new Media Arts Complex, housing various functions to serve students of the arts hub and the campus.


The $21.7 million Media Arts project will include a new art gallery, two computer labs, a film studies classroom, student study and collaboration spaces, faculty offices, the Media Arts labs, and extensive display areas for student art. It will provide dedicated student-friendly study and collaboration spaces and have a strategic path of engagement to the campus promenade. It is on track for completion in the spring of 2025. HMC Architects and Balfour Beatty serve as the design-build partnership managing the project.


The renovation of Library Building 1200 will involve renovating nearly 47,800 square feet of space within Oceanside's existing library. The project will include mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades. Interior layouts will be adjusted to accommodate changing programming needs. The $32.5 million project, led by Level 10 and Architects Mosher Drew as a design-build partnership, should be completed in early spring 2024.


Designs are underway to replace four existing buildings with one new building and renovate two other buildings for the future Communications Hub, Student Center, and Social Justice and Equity Centers. Construction should begin in the fall of 2024.


Designs are also underway for a theatre lighting upgrade for Building 2000 and a campuswide wayfinding and signage plan. Infrastructure enhancements and ADA upgrades are ongoing. 


San Elijo Campus

All building upgrades at the San Elijo campus are complete. 


Future projects include a new recycled water installation project throughout campus and a new sidewalk path of travel routing pedestrians from the Student Services Building to Manchester Ave.


Community Learning Center (CLC)

At the CLC site, all Measure MM projects are completed; the renovation of Buildings 100 and 200 classrooms and offices is in the Division of the State Architect (DSA) closeout process.


The projects are funded by the $455 Measure MM construction bond.


Visuals/Media Availability:

  • Construction activities
  • Design renderings
  • Interviews are available with MiraCosta College Superintendent/President Dr. Sunita Cooke, Board President Frank Merchat, and members of the project design and construction teams upon request
  • Spanish speakers are also available upon request
  • Additional photos may be provided

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

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.



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