One Hundred-Year-Old Pasadena Construction Firm Completes $15.9 Million Fine Arts Building

Published : Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 5:41 AM

Pasadena-based C.W. Driver Companies, a general contracting and construction management services company that’s celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has completed work on a new $15.9 million Fine Arts Building at San Diego Mesa College.

That new building – a four-story 26,500-square-foot facility – unites the program’s departments into a single modernized building and facilitates experiential teaching and collaboration, making it easier for the Fine Arts department to provide a comprehensive program and hands-on experience for students, C.W. said in a statement.

“We were proud to partner with Mesa College to bring to life its vision of a unified environment that inspires creative community on campus,” Brandon Silveira, project manager at C.W. Driver Companies, said. “The design incorporates large, open studio classrooms that allow for maximum flexibility, and provides the resources and education its fine arts students need to succeed as the college’s programs continue to grow and thrive.”

The new building provides a hub and studios for the college’s photography, digital graphics, drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpting classes.

San Diego Mesa College is one of the largest of California’s 114 community colleges, and is the largest in the San Diego Community College District.

C.W. Driver Companies partnered with architecture firm Hanna Gabriel Wells on the project. The building is designed to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design )Silver certification for reusing existing structures, optimizing energy performance, using low-emitting materials and other energy-efficient measures.

In addition to the new Fine Arts center, the contractor also constructed a new exterior sidewalk and walkway, curb and gutter improvements and new street access on the North and South sides.

“It has been such a joy seeing this building come to life for our more than 1,500 Fine Arts students already taking classes in the building,” Mesa College President Dr. Pamela Luster said. “The Fine Arts Building beautifully showcases our program and the incredible art that is being created every day by our students.”

C.W. Driver Companies’ other recent higher education projects include Chapman University’s Keck Center for Science and Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona’s Student Services Building, Vanguard University’s Student Center, California State University San Bernardino’s Student Housing and Dining Commons, and Biola University’s Center for Science, Technology and Health.

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