Mesa College
San Diego Mesa College. Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen

San Diego Mesa College will celebrate the grand opening of its new campus quadrangle at 10 a.m. Thursday, a project funded by the San Diego Community College District’s $1.555 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program.

To make room for the quad, the “I” and “J” buildings were demolished, creating a wide clearing in the center of the campus. The design includes walkways and an outdoor stage area for campus events, such as the traditional Welcome Week, job fairs, financial aid fairs and pep rallies. It is the final bond project for Mesa College.

“We envision this as the bustling center for the Mesa Campus, with the focus on creating a sense of belonging for all students and providing them easy access to adjacent campus resources, such as The Stand — our basic needs resource center — along with other vital student support centers,” said Mesa College President Pamela T. Luster.

The northwest side of the quad provides access to the “K” Building, renovated to provide new student support spaces for Veterans Services, The Stand, as well as the Fostering Academic Success and Transitions scholars and honors programs.

The landscape uses a variety of native species and a “high- efficiency” irrigation system to conserve water, a SDCCD statement read.

The program will include remarks from Luster, Chancellor Carlos O. Cortez, Vice Chancellor of Facilities Joel Peterson and Maria Nieto Senour, president of the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in parking lot No. 7, 7250 Mesa College Drive.

–City News Service