In 2002, voters approved Measure E, a $337 million general obligation bond to renovate existing campus buildings, construct new classrooms to alleviate overcrowding and expand the educational and training programs at Santiago Canyon College, Santa Ana College, the regional education centers and the District Operations Center of the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD). Santiago Community College and Seville Construction Services engaged Athena Engineering, Inc. for the HVAC and building automation for its new state-of-the-art science building. Santiago Community College educates a population of over 20,000 students and is among the top four fastest growing community colleges in the United States.
The 62,000 square foot science building combines traditional lecture spaces with state of the art lab space. The structure specifically houses lecture classrooms, faculty offices and lab spaces for chemistry, biology, microbiology, zoology, geology, physics, mathematics and astronomy. Delivered in a multiple-prime contract, the scope of work at Rancho Santiago Community College included the installation of new equipment, including of McQuay rooftop air handlers, chillers, mechanical piping and valves, and all associated ducting. The laboratory airflow control system required each valve to be field detailed and calibrated to each fume hood system.
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