20 Years of Excellence and Customer Service

The San Mateo County Community College District’s Board of Trustees has approved an extension of Swinerton Management & Consulting’s (SMC) contract until March 31, 2023.  SMC has had a continuous presence on campus providing Construction Management services to the district’s three colleges for over 20 years.  SMC has been the District’s Construction Manager for three consecutive bond programs totaling over $1.2 Billion of capital and modernization projects for two decades spanning from 2001 into 2023.

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the Silicon Valley, the three colleges serve more than 30,000 students each year, offering the first two years of instruction in a wide variety of degree and transfer programs, as well as vocational-technical programs.

Customer service has been the focus of SMC over the years, supporting the district’s goals and helping meet their academic objectives. We have built a strong partnership with the district working closely with their leadership and have been successfully delivering state-of-the-art educational facilities that will take the District’s mission well into the future.

“I am proud to have participated in the past two bond programs and to be part of Swinerton’s institutional knowledge of how SMCCCD operates and to their expectations.  I am pleased that as we wrap up the third bond program, the district has requested that we provide two years of additional service to assume miscellaneous projects that they were previously planning to manage with their own staff,” said Jack Herbert, Project Executive.

“Swinerton has always looked out for the best interest of Skyline College. They integrated into the entire campus community and have been a great translator in dealing with the world of architects and contractors. SMC has been a great sounding board to review issues, formalize our concerns and communicate them back to the construction team to resolve them with minimum impact to our program,” said Mike Williamson, Prior Dean Science, Math & Technology, Interim Vice President of Instruction at Skyline College, San Mateo County Community College District.

“Swinerton has been a great help in coordinating construction efforts to accommodate the needs of our educational programs. Swinerton has always worked closely with our academic staff and in having the contractors plan their work minimum disruption to our teachers and students. They are very helpful in planning logistics around our needs. A college needs someone to translate and mediate between the two worlds of education and construction. SMC does an exceptional job as the facilitator to resolve issues before things turn to finger pointing and creating a situations of ‘us versus them,’” said Joe Morello, Dean, Physical Education/Athletics/Dance at Skyline College, San Mateo Community College District.

In the current bond program, we have worked with the district to complete three major capital projects as well as multiple infrastructure and modernization projects. 

Pushing Glass Technology at Skyline College: At Skyline College in San Bruno, SMC was the Construction Manager for the design and construction of the new Environmental Science Building, a 24,000-square-foot classroom and lecture building that features a dramatic public space overlooking the Pacific Ocean above Pacifica, CA.  Here, the design-build and architect teams took advantage of the only location on the Skyline College campus where a visitor can witness the campus’s proximity to the ocean. The design acknowledges the magnificent views by incorporating a 22’ high structural glazing system without mullions, which allows for an unobstructed view from the breakers to the Farallon Islands. The insulated IG structural glass panels are gravity supported at the base and isolated at the head to accommodate inter-story drift. The 4-laminate thick IG units with argon filled air space and high-performance soft coat low-E coating helped the project meet the energy performance requirements of California’s Title 24 energy code. The project recently received the Annual USGlass Magazine design award in the specialty construction category.

Envisioning New Heights for Health and Wellness Programs:  At Cañada College in Redwood City, SMC is working with the design-build and architect teams to turn over the new Kinesiology and Wellness Building home to the Athletics, Kinesiology and Dance departments.  The new 85,000-square-foot building, with an additional 30,000-square-foot activated roof, includes classrooms for wellness activities, a fitness area, locker rooms, a competition basketball gymnasium, an instructional aquatics pool and a competition pool with spectator areas. Classrooms will provide state-of-the-art settings for dance, Pilates, indoor cycling, and other fitness and wellness activities. The gym, furnished with retractable bleachers, will host volleyball and basketball classes as well as intercollegiate athletic events. In addition, the facility will provide the community with a public membership enterprise fitness facility with pool access. From the activated-roof‘s running track and yoga space, one will experience panoramic bay views. The project is targeting LEED Gold and won a 2018 CCFC Award of Merit in the Project Design category.

Advancing Science in a LEED Platinum Facility: Also at Cañada College, SMC worked with the design-build and architect teams to turn over the new Science & Technology building.  The building provides a modern instructional facility for lab sciences and technology. The Science & Technology building was designed with energy conservation measures and components and has recently received LEED Platinum Certification.  The building is calculated to be 40% below the Title 24 energy efficiency standards. Some of the sustainable design strategies that were implemented to achieve LEED Platinum include:

  • Over 40% water use reduction and extensive water efficient landscaping
  • A minimum of 25% reduction of energy use
  • Diversion of 95% of construction waste from landfills
  • Use of certified wood and regional materials
  • Access to public transportation
  • Dedicated renewable energy from campus photovoltaic panels

SMC is proud to be a continuing partner of the district in their mission of providing an environment that enable students to develop their minds and their skills, engage their spirits, broaden their understanding of social responsibilities, increase their cultural awareness, and realize their individual potential in the community.

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