HMC Architects, in collaboration with the San Bernardino Community College District and partners Safeworks CM, AECOM, and Icon West, has achieved a significant milestone in their latest project—the San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) Technical Building in San Bernardino, California. The team celebrated the topping out of the building, marking an important step towards completion. This new facility will house various educational programs, including traditional and electric vehicle automotive training and emerging technology spaces.

The 103,000 SF technical building holds significant promise for the San Bernardino community by creating a pipeline of skilled professionals and promoting economic growth. The building will be crucial in providing students with quality education and support services by offering technical and computer labs, lecture halls, and various gathering and support spaces. Graduates from these educational programs will have the potential to earn between $80,000 to $100,000 annually, surpassing the median income of the area.

The project aims to minimize its environmental impact by striving to achieve LEED Platinum certification and a goal of zero net energy (ZNE). Although the pursuit of certification is not confirmed, the project’s sustainability goals highlight its dedication to energy efficiency. The building’s baseline energy use intensity (EUI) is an impressive 29 kBtu/SF, which aligns with the broader movement towards sustainable construction and contributes to a greener future.

Congratulations to the San Bernardino Community College District on reaching this significant milestone. As we eagerly await the unveiling of the completed building in January 2024, we commend the entire team for their hard work and dedication in creating a facility that will positively shape the lives of many.