Southwestern College Devore Stadium Improvement Project Chula Vista, CA

Southwestern College Devore Stadium

Complicated earthwork and drainage challenges were no match for Team BBC on this project. How did we engineer a solution and earn LEED Gold? 

Complicated earthwork and drainage challenges were no match for Team BBC on this project. How did we engineer a solution and earn LEED Gold? 

Chula Vista, CA
$10M - $50M
Market Type
Green Building, Higher Education

Strategic Game Plan Delivers LEED Gold for Southwestern College

The $45.1 million Devore Stadium Improvement Project included a new Field House, new athletic fields, and a new central plant at Southwestern College. Designed and targeted to achieve LEED® Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council, the project team exceeded the College’s expectations, delivering a LEED® Gold project.
The 64,000-square-foot, four-story field house encloses the campus-facing end zone. The state-of-the-art facility contains team locker and training facilities at the playing field-level, strength and conditioning facilities on the second level overlooking the field below, and four new classrooms. It also includes a 140-seat mixed media auditorium on the third level featuring views of the stadium and beyond, in addition to Health and Exercise Sciences department faculty offices, and tutorial spaces for student-athletes on the top floor. The architectural character of the field house reflects the Mayan-theme of the existing campus.
New synthetic turf was installed for both DeVore Stadium and the football practice fields, providing low-maintenance playing surfaces that require little water. The new 6,000-square-foot central plant is the foundation of the campus’ sustainable design strategy. It contains two chillers, two cooling towers, four boilers and 13 pumps, providing high-efficiency cooling and heating for new and existing campus buildings. 

One of the most notable challenges faced during construction arose during the earthwork phase of construction. Our team discovered a significant amount of ground water with a constant flow that completely saturated the soil. 

Presented with this challenge, our team engineered a solution to suppress the water and divert it away from the building. We achieved this by implementing aggressive dewatering measures, and installing two additional drainage systems and an engineered building pad. Despite what turned out to be a six-month set-back, the water challenge was solved and the project still completed on time for the first football game of the season.
“The outstanding professionalism demonstrated by the Balfour Beatty team is one of the main reasons for the total success of the first major Proposition R project for Southwest Community College,” said Steven L. Crow, Ed.D. Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs, Southwestern College. “Specifically, the team’s exceptional construction management efforts led to LEED Gold certification and the timely resolution of a significant ground water drainage challenge during the height of construction. Both of these accomplishments speak volumes to what can be expected from professional construction managers.”

As a testament the team’s excellence, the project has won prestigious industry awards including:

  • “Project of the Year", Buildings New Construction” award winner from the Construction Management Association of America’s (CMAA) San Diego Chapter

  • “Ribbons and Shovel", Green building design or improvements” award winner from the City of Chula Vista

  • "Outstanding Project", Sustainable Engineering Project” award winner from the American Society of Professional Estimator’s (ASPE) San Diego Chapter