Southwestern College

Voters in the South Bay in November 2016 passed Proposition Z, a $400 million general obligation bond for Southwestern College, allowing the college to move forward on critical classroom and infrastructure renovations.

The Performing Arts & Cultural Complex, an expansion of the Higher Education Center in San Ysidro and a new Student Union are among the first phase of new facilities under the new bond.


Projects in Design

Performing Arts & Cultural Center

The new Performing Arts & Cultural Center is currently in the design phase, and the district is currently structuring its financing. The new center will feature a 500-seat auditorium, a black box-style theater and several performing arts classrooms and studio spaces. In addition to serving Southwestern College students, the new center will also serve as a gateway to the community and will host public events, as well as cultural engagements.

Budget: $30 million

  • New Security Building ($3 million)
  • New Parking Structure ($10 million)

Future Prop. Z Projects

Chula Vista Campus

  • Student Union Complex
  • Planetarium/Exhibit Hall/Large Lecture
  • Fine Arts/Gallery
  • Business, CIS and Communications
  • Administration Building
  • IT/Central Services
  • 1600s Repurposing
  • Journalism
  • Student Services
  • Academic Success Center
  • (Repurpose Bldg. 1400)
  • Language Arts Classrooms
  • (Repurpose Bldg. 420)
  • Security Complex
  • Parking Structure
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Automotive
  • Fields & Support Structures

Higher Education Center, San Ysidro

  • Multi-level structure (classrooms, labs and parking)

Higher Education Center, Otay Mesa

  • Nursing, Fire, Police, EMT lab (Repurposing)

Performing Arts Center Rendering

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Last updated: 3/10/2017 12:14:42 PM