Southwestern College Higher Education Center at National City

National City, California

  • FIRM

    NTDSTICHLER Architecture


    Southwestern Comm. College, SDCOE and City of National City

  • AREA

    73,000 sq.ft.





The Education Village is the flagship project for shared-use facilities designed to support the educational needs of underserved students of South San Diego County communities. It includes a community college satellite campus and a county office of education regional technology training and staff-development center.

The project was designed as a catalyst to spark ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY5,000COST PER SQ FT$367.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized commercial redevelopment in the city’s downtown district through the pioneering collaboration of six stakeholder groups: San Diego County Office of Education, Southwestern College, National City Redevelopment Agency, San Diego County and Community Schools, Sweetwater High School District, and the State of California School Facility Program.

The vision was to develop a new design vocabulary that would invigorate the blighted neighborhood and provide public spaces designed to promote social interaction, lifelong learning and community connections. This aligned with the project’s philosophy of educational outreach to this community of largely immigrant neighborhoods.

The final design consists of a 25,000-square-foot regional technology center with wireless cyber cafe, video-teleconferencing facilities, professional training centers and a 48,000-square-foot satellite campus featuring classrooms, laboratories and a lecture hall.