Law Enforcement Training Academy

The new Law Enforcement Training Academy provides for all instructional areas including exterior training. Spaces include multi-purpose classrooms, practical application rooms with full perimeter impact protection, vehicle driving training area, physical aptitude asphalt, indoor shooting range with 10 lanes, defensive tactics room, student and faculty separate shower/locker/restrooms, faculty offices and classrooms, secure storage for equipment and ammunition, firearms cleaning area. The facility is located on the existing college campus and was developed to be compatible with the existing campus surroundings and to allow for major future expansion.

Public Safety Training Center

The project establishes a new consolidated campus for Fire Science, Paramedic/EMT, and Police training on the Southwestern Community College Otay Mesa Campus. A new apparatus building houses fire engines, brush trucks, ambulances, and police SUVs and directly connects to a new maneuvering yard and fire training tower. An adjacent training facility will house testing facilities, lockers and storage and expand onto the site to provide indoor and outdoor training grounds. The concrete spray wall and training grounds will collect spray water to an underground tank for re-use to minimize water usage.

The new training facility includes:

  • Classrooms and offices
  • Lockers and showers
  • 5 story fire training tower with rappelling anchors
  • Residential prop building
  • Pitched roof prop
  • Flat roof prop
  • Supply storage
  • Fitness center
  • Covered outdoor eating/meeting
  • Defensive tactics room
  • Firearms training simulator room

Photo credit: Matt Winquist

Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy

The Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy (HYSA) is designed for gifted middle and high school students.  It is designed to provide an optimum learning environment for the students while blending with the ASU West Campus exterior building environment. The students experience a broad minded paradigm-shifting education in a unique learning environment.

Key elements of the program include providing an educational setting where students can learn with intellectual peers, build friendships, pursue extra-curricular activities and contribute to the community.

Project Highlights: LEED Gold Certified

  • 39% energy cost savings above ASHRAE 90.1-2007
  • 15% of annual energy consumption is offset by a photovoltaic system
  • 24% reduction of potable water for indoor use
  • 69% reduction of potable water for irrigation
  • 95% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill
  • 10% of construction materials came from recycled content (by cost)
  • 14% of construction materials came from regional sources (by cost)


Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman |  Matt Winquist