Southwestern College Places Bond on November Ballot

Performing Arts & Cultural Center rendering.
Performing Arts & Cultural Center rendering.

Southwestern College has placed a $400 million general obligation bond on the November, 2016 ballot. Proposition Z will be used to upgrade the college’s infrastructure and security, build new state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities and invest in job training and transfer opportunities for students and veterans. The bond requires 55 percent voter approval.

The Performing Arts & Cultural Complex, an expansion of the Higher Education Center in San Ysidro and a new Student Union are among the first phase of new facilities under Proposition Z.

Projects in Design

Performing Arts & Cultural Center

The new Performing Arts & Cultural Center is currently in the design phase, and the district is currently structuring its financing. The new center will feature a 500-seat auditorium, a black box-style theater and several performing arts classrooms and studio spaces. In addition to serving Southwestern College students, the new center will also serve as a gateway to the community and will host public events, as well as cultural engagements.

Budget: $30 million

  • New Security Building ($3 million)
  • New Parking Structure ($10 million)

Future Prop. Z Projects

Chula Vista Campus

  • Student Union Complex
  • Planetarium/Exhibit Hall/Large Lecture
  • Fine Arts/Gallery
  • Business, CIS and Communications
  • Administration Building
  • IT/Central Services
  • 1600s Repurposing
  • Journalism
  • Student Services
  • Academic Success Center
  • (Repurpose Bldg. 1400)
  • Language Arts Classrooms
  • (Repurpose Bldg. 420)
  • Security Complex
  • Parking Structure
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Automotive
  • Fields & Support Structures

Higher Education Center, San Ysidro

  • Multi-level structure (classrooms, labs and parking)

Higher Education Center, Otay Mesa

  • Nursing, Fire, Police, EMT lab (Repurposing)