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C.W. Driver Companies Begins Construction on New Chemistry & Biotechnology Building for MiraCosta College

OCEANSIDE, CA — C.W. Driver Companies, a builder serving California since 1919, announces construction commencement on a new, design-build, two-story Chemistry & Biotechnology Building for MiraCosta Community College District (MCCD) that will provide a science facility for 21st century learning science environments. Set for completion in July 2024, this $35.1-million complex is situated in one of the most populated circulation paths on the Oceanside Campus.

The two-story building will provide four chemistry labs, four biotech labs, and two classrooms. Of the 25,000-square-foot complex, 13,000 square feet will be designated for biotechnology, while the remaining 12,000 square feet will be used for chemistry.

"We are excited to begin work on what will be an important asset to MiraCosta College," said Andy Feth, Project Executive at C.W. Driver. "We are building creatively unique features throughout the building, and its exterior will work as focal points for passing students."

The project will include an innovative outdoor space for students and faculty — the STEM Quad Porch. A two-level covered entry court will serve as an exterior lobby for the Chemistry & Biotechnology Building and has a shaded exterior space for the larger STEM community. This covered space will connect to key paths around its perimeter.

This portion of the project will include wi-fi connectivity, convenient power access, and be filled with plentiful shade. As an ideal meeting space, the porch will enable gatherings of various sizes and compositions, including donor events. The orientation of the porch is ideal for wind and sun protection, as the building is designed to meet LEED Silver certification.

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“This new building will exemplify the high value we place on modern technology here at MiraCosta College,” said Joe Webber, MCCD Project Manager. “It represents the investment we are always making in our students and faculty.”

C.W. Driver Companies partnered with Harley Ellis Devereaux Architects & Engineers on the Chemistry & Biotechnology Building.

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