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The Challenges

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) is part of the Santiago Canyon Community College District and opened in 1985, with 2500 students. A bond measure was passed in 2002 for renovation and new construction of the campus including a new 62,000 square feet Science Center to accommodate the ever-increasing student population – it now stands at 20,000 – and an increased curriculum. SCC is among the top four of the fastest growing community colleges in the USA.

The $31 million Science Building project combines traditional lecture spaces with state of the art lab space, creating a comprehensive research and learning environment. The Science Center includes lecture classrooms, faculty offices and lab spaces for chemistry, biology, microbiology, zoology, geology, physics, mathematics, and astronomy.

The building design looks to the campus context, educational program uses and natural environment for inspiration. The campus is located within a valley. Views into the site from the surrounding residential communities above dictate that all new buildings on campus provide a roof form. The campus skyline is enhanced with each new building providing building profile and pedestrian overhangs. An architectural language of building parts consisting of roof forms, sunshades and burnished concrete block was developed from the new Library and Student Services Center projects. These elements are utilized to design cohesive campus spaces and define the outer edge of the buildings along the internal loop road

BEST Contracting was selected to supply and install many critical exterior building envelope components including waterproofing, glazing, roofing, metal wall panels and sunshades.

Our work on this project started with below grade waterproofing. This was done using W.R. Grace Bituthane 400. As the walls started to rise they were waterproofed using a Prosoco cementacious system.

On the roof top, BEST installed a standing seam metal roof system and waterproofed the large mechanical well using Neogard pedestrian coating. The smaller mechanical well has a membrane roofing system installed on the horizontal surface and liquid applied waterproofing on the walls.

Glazing in the form of curtain walls and smaller windows used Viracon dual pane, low E glass installed in Arcadia frames with a clear anodized finish. Sunshades were added to every window consisting of vertical ½” thick aluminum perforated plates. These shades were created in BEST’s metal shop and over 1 million holes were drilled using our AYXZ Panel Builder.

The patio roof was waterproofed using hot rubber and covered with pavers on adjustable pedestals. Also in this area we manufactured and installed six custom glazed skylights.

BEST Contracting Services is proud to be part of this important new addition to this thriving Community College.

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Project Data

Building Use: Education
Scope of Work: Glazing, Wall Panels, Waterproofing, Roofing, Skylights, Sun Shades
Location: Orange, CA
General Contractor: Seville Construction
Architect: LPA Inc.
Project Value: $2,600,000