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As Southwestern College moves along quickly on the first phase of Proposition R, the 2012-2013 academic year helped set a strong foundation for the future of the building program.


he college developed new educational and facilities master plans—with significant input from all segments of the community. The plans reflected everyone’s desire for environmentally sustainable construction and maintaining active partnerships that benefit students and the community.


ne of the most notable examples of team collaboration within the program was overcoming the challenge uncovered during the earthwork phase of construction for the new


Fieldhouse classroom building at DeVore Stadium. While constructing the soil nail wall (a structure that retains the earth behind the Fieldhouse building) the team discovered a significant amount of unforeseen ground water that completely saturated the project. The large volume of water—combined with its constant flow— proved to be a dynamic challenge for the team to solve.


he team was relentless in overcoming this obstacle. Strategic planning, engineering excellence, prudent decision making and skilled execution came together in a collaborative way to overcome the water challenge. The solution included a combination of aggressive dewatering measures, two additional drainage systems and an engineered building pad. Despite the six-month construction delay the water challenge created, the construction is back on target to be complete in time for the first football game this fall. Key Fact: The team estimated that approximately 3 million gal-

lons of water were diverted during just the construction phase alone.


itigating environmental issues while designing and constructing buildings that save water, energy, improve air quality and reduce waste are key themes for Proposition R projects. The college is seeking Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the construction because it saves money, saves the environment and is healthier and safer for students, faculty and staff occupying the buildings.


hase One construction plans have also strengthened partnerships with members of community-based organizations who were instrumental in helping determine programming needs for the proposed projects. The corner lot development is the college’s link between community needs and the academic core of the college. Its success is dependent upon strong participation by students and community, alike.




he year began with a community workshop to gather input and feedback on the new Facilities Master Plan the college was researching and creating with the help of campus design consultants. More than 200 community members attended the workshop to review a vision of future construction projects and provide their opinions on the proposed designs. When the plan was completed it included input from dozens of community members, faculty and students.


fter finalizing the Facilities Master Plan, the Governing Board approved moving forward with the development of the corner lot. The much-anticipated project will include a new wellness center and a new performing arts center. A comprehensive financial feasibility study was also commissioned to determine the size and scope of the corner lot projects to ensure they meet the college’s academic priorities, as well as community needs. You can find additional information and plans on our website at


his year we dedicated new practice fields for soccer and football and completed construction on the central plant. The new field house building construction found an underground water source that required additional engineering before construction could continue. We also said goodbye to several CBOC members and welcomed new members. We thank Joe Casillas, Tom Davis, Israel Garza and student representative Edward Gutierrez for their service. Welcome to Lou Ferraro, Michael Govea, Robert Muff and Robert Clark. We look forward to your perspectives as additional Proposition R projects move forward.

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his year’s accomplishments include new brick and mortar buildings, as well as important infrastructure. The most dramatic changes have been happening at the new Fieldhouse classroom building adjacent to DeVore Stadium. An underground water source delayed the project until contractors developed a new collection system to direct the water away from the new building. But the project is back on track and scheduled to open in August, 2014.


new central plant to meet the heating and air conditioning needs of future projects was completed, as were new restroom and concessions


buildings on the home and visitor sides of the stadium. The college also dedicated new artificial turf practice fields for football and soccer and installed new blue light emergency communications poles.


he college issued a request for proposals for a master architect to provide continuity among upcoming projects and keep overall costs low. In preparation for a new multi-story math, science and engineering (MSE) building that will be constructed at the end of Phase One construction, a work group was formed to ensure the new building meets current and future student needs in those fields.

“A work group was formed to ensure the new building meets current and future student needs in those fields”


PROPOSITION R BOND : JULY 1, 2012 – JUNE 30, 2013


Annual Performance and Financial Audits


he independent auditing firm of Pun & McGeady conducted an audit of the internal controls, finances and performance of Proposition R. In a report provided to the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee and the Southwestern College Governing Board, the auditing firm has found the district’s internal financial controls to be in compliance with Government Auditing Standards.

The objectives of the performance audit are to review Proposition R expenditures, determine if the Proposition R funds were used for the purposes set forth in the ballot measure and to comply with the California Constitution and Proposition 39. The auditing firm found Southwestern College to be in compliance of all material respects and in compliance with the performance requirements of Proposition 39. Furthermore, there are no findings or questioned costs related to the performance audit of the Bond Fund for the year ended June 30, 2013.



YEAR-IN-REVIEW “The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee kept pace with the increased construction activity in the Bond Program.” September 19, 2012 • Bond Counsel provided a review of CBOC bylaws and responsibilities; provided a history of college bonds; explained CBOC members’ duty to inform public and board on the expenditures of bond proceeds; outlined expectation of what CBOC’s annual report should contain. • Elected Matt Kriz as Chair and Nicholas Segura as Vice Chair. • Received an update on Prop R expenditures and progress of projects; informed Balfour Beatty will be contract manager at risk. • Was presented a sample of the future annual report, which will include highlights, expenditures, information from auditors and summary of CBOC meetings. December 19, 2012 • Chair Kriz signed document providing fiduciary liability insurance coverage for the committee. • Approved resolution of Statewide Association of Community Colleges (SWAC) for liability coverage of the CBOC based upon meeting eligibility requirements. • Received an update on Prop R expenditures and progress of projects. • Received a draft of the Prop R Annual Audit for July, 2011 through June, 2012. • Provided feedback on the draft CBOC annual report. • Received an update on the Education and Facilities Master plans. • Received information on Capital Appreciation Bonds. • Expressed interest in having Associated Student Organization representation in discussions on solar panels. January 16, 2013 • Approved moving the March 20, 2013 meeting time so CBOC members could attend Governing Board meeting where the Facilities Master Plan would be discussed. • Voted to hold CBOC meetings quarterly on the third Tuesday of the month. • Were invited to attend community presentations on the Facilities Master Plan. • Received an update on Prop R expenditures and progress of projects. • Received an update on technology upgrades. • Received an update on Prop R annual Audit for July, 2011 through June, 2012. • Approved revised CBOC Annual Report. • Accepted the resignation of CBOC member Israel Garza. • Received information that district staff would begin negotiating a Community Benefits Agreement. March 19, 2013 • Voted to extend the deadline for the CBOC vacant position posting; informed a new posting would also be needed for positions expiring in July. • Received an update on Prop R expenditures and progress of projects. • Received information on the process for working with the Community College League of California on the solar panel project.




stablished in 1961, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College District offers more than 300 associate degree and certificate options. More information at About Proposition R The $389 million general obligation bond was approved by South County voters in 2008. Proceeds from the bonds are to be used for construction, reconstruction and/ or rehabilitation of facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of its facilities, acquisition, or lease of real property for its facilities and construction management by District personnel.


ll projects identified in Phase I are proceeding as planned. The Corner Lot, and all future Proposition R projects, are encompassed in the updated Educational Master Plan (EMP) and Facilities Master Plan (FMP). The EMP and FMP were completed in fiscal year 2012-2013.


New practice fields for soccer and football New central plant to meet the heating and air conditioning needs of future projects complete


Stadium renovation complete Fieldhouse classroom building complete


New two-story classroom/lab building complete at Higher Education Center-National City New wellness center complete


New multi-story Math, Science and Engineering building complete


Citizens Bond Oversight Committee Members Adela C. Garcia, Business Representative Robert Muff, Senior Citizen Representative Matt Kriz, Taxpayer Organization Member Lou Ferraro, At-Large Community Member Michael Govea, Advisory or Foundation Nicholas J. Segura, Jr., At-Large Community Member Robert Clark, Student Member

Governing Board Norma L. Hernandez Tim Nader Humberto Peraza, Jr. Terri Valladolid Nora E. Vargas Laura Jessica del Castillo, Student Governing Board Member Dr. Melinda Nish, Superintendent/President


2013 Proposition R Annual Report  

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