Mesa College Quadrangle Master Plan

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Mesa College Quadrangle Master Plan

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Mesa College Quadrangle Master Plan

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Mesa College Quadrangle Master Plan

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Mesa College Quadrangle Master Plan

Mesa College Quadrangle Master Plan

The new quadrangle master plan for Mesa College in San Diego creates an important new 5-acre central open space for one of California’s largest junior colleges. Funded by $2B of public bond initiatives, the campus is undergoing a series of significant new building projects that will now be united by a landscape design that responds to the San Diego climate and ecology. Working closely with staff from the San Diego Community College District and a broad group of Mesa College stakeholders, OJB conducted a series of campus workshops to define the programming and design of the campus open spaces. Recommendations from the master plan guide the selection of materials, furnishings, environmental graphics, and landscape elements to ensure continuity between all new campus open spaces.

A central “town square” plaza unites the new Instructional Technology and Cafeteria buildings and provides a central public space for student activity. Embracing the plaza is a 28,000-SF great lawn bounded by gravel courts with shade trees and movable furniture. A new performance pavilion accommodates large campus events and provides a recognizable landmark in the quadrangle. A meandering bioswale buffers the central lawn from classroom spaces, filters stormwater on-site, and showcases a variety of native San Diego plant communities.

Location: San Diego, CA