San Diego Community College District, Skills Center at Educational Cultural Complex

San Diego, California

  • FIRM

    NTDSTICHLER Architecture


    San Diego Community College District

  • AREA

    67,000 sq.ft.





The Educational Cultural Complex expansion, known as the Skills Center, was designed with strong community involvement in 1972. Reflecting the original design and with respect to the neighborhood, the addition continues the park-like feel of the existing structure and site, breathing new life into this area of town that has experienced few opportunities for growth. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$242.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress single-story buildings will house the auto body and automobile repair program, as well as the graphics, appliance repair, electronic assembly, office skills and computer network cabling programs.

The building, which is being designed to achieve LEED certification, addressed the problems of theft and vandalism by using glass block instead of windows for natural light, and uses operable windows only in the secured areas of the campus. The building is designed in masonry block that reflects the original community-

designed structure. Additionally, the campus has required a reworking of the parking lot and walkways, now designed to ADA compliance, while keeping the integrity of the beloved lawn space that is the focus for graduation ceremonies.