The new fine arts building at Mesa College. Courtesy C.W. Driver Companies

Construction of a new $16 million fine arts building on the campus of Mesa College is complete and the facility is open to students, builder C.W. Driver Companies announced Wednesday.

C.W. Driver, a Pasadena-based company that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, partnered with architecture firm Hanna Gabriel Wells on the project,

The four-story, 26,500-square-foot building provides a single modernized facility for the college’s photography, digital graphics, drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpting classes.

“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,” said Dr. Pamela Luster, president of Mesa College. “The fine arts building beautifully showcases our program and the incredible art that is being created every day by our students.”

Brandon Silveira, project manager at C.W. Driver, noted that the building incorporates large, open studio classrooms that permit maximum flexibility. The project also included construction of a new exterior sidewalk and walkway, curb and gutter improvements, and new street access on the north and south sides.

The building is part of the $1.55 billion Proposition S and N construction bond program, which funds projects at Mesa, City and Miramar colleges as well as six continuing education campuses throughout San Diego.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.