California Builder & Engineer

Dedicated to the people who make our built environment better and safer. We tell your stories and celebrate your successes.

Register with us and receive industry news and content only available to subscribers.


Indianapolis, IN, USA (HQ)

903 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Call: (317) 423-2325

C.W. Driver Companies Completes New Temecula Valley Campus for Mt. San Jacinto College

TEMECULA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces the completion of Mt. San Jacinto College’s (MSJC) Temecula Valley Campus, marking the first permanent campus for higher education in the city. The 350,000-square-foot facility will enable MSJC to expand access to the residents of Southwest Riverside County and the surrounding communities.

The $60-million project consisted of a seismic retrofit and transformation of two, five-story office buildings into an academic facility. The new 27-acre campus is equal in size to MSJC’s Menifee Valley Campus, which serves more than 15,000 students. The school provides students access to a welcome center, veterans resource center, health center, dining hall, bookstore, career center, and support services. The new campus features 22 classrooms, six science labs, and five computer labs, as well as dedicated areas for faculty offices, conference rooms, a board room, collaborative spaces, and study group rooms.

“The team at C.W. Driver Companies was proud to partner with Mt. San Jacinto College to develop a convenient, accessible, and quality educational facility for local students,” said Dave Amundson, Project Executive at C.W. Driver Companies. “By leveraging decades of experience in higher education and tenant improvement construction, we were able to successfully execute a seismic retrofit and complete upgrade resulting in a safe and modern environment for students to learn and pursue their passions.”

Built in 2008, the two commercial buildings were seismically retrofit to meet DSA requirements during the first phase of construction. The scope of work included adding a total of 445 tons of structural steel to reinforce the steel columns on all five levels, in addition to reinforcing the existing foundation eight feet below the surface. Using a truck crane, the construction team carefully hoisted the structural steel members — each one measuring 30 feet long and weighing 1,500 pounds — into the building through a narrow eight-foot by six-foot window opening.

“The ambitious undertaking of repurposing a multilevel commercial space for educational needs was both cost-effective and time-efficient thanks to the team at C.W. Driver Companies,” said Beth Gomez, Vice President of Business Services at Mt. San Jacinto College. “The new campus and innovative design enables Mt. San Jacinto College to further our mission of transforming learners, communities, and lives by expanding our footprint and accommodating more faculty and students.”

Your local Trimble Construction Division dealer
SITECH Southwest

“With the expertise of C.W. Driver Companies, we have realized our vision to serve the residents of Temecula and the surrounding communities by establishing a permanent residence for MSJC in Temecula Valley,” said Dr. Roger Schultz, Superintendent/President of MSJC. “This state-of-the-art facility will become the launching point for generations of local students who aspire for college and career success.”

This Temecula Valley Campus is part of the district’s five-year plan, which also includes projects at the San Jacinto, Menifee Valley, and San Gorgonio Pass campuses. C.W. Driver Companies is also the construction manager for MSJC’s STEM Science and Technology Building and the Building 200 Renovation and Addition projects (San Jacinto campus).

C.W. Driver Companies partnered with 19six Architects on the MSJC Temecula Valley Campus.

Your local Gomaco dealer
Terry Equipment
Your local Gomaco dealer
Terry Equipment
Your local Gomaco dealer
Terry Equipment