Case Study

DeAnza College

Visual and Performing Arts Center

The De Anza College Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) is a 400-seat, multi-use facility used for classes and a variety of college and community events such as film viewings, dances, concerts, meetings, lectures, and live theatre. During the facility’s construction, Salas O’Brien worked with DES Architects to provide mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering, central plant upgrades, and LEED certification services.

The nature of the VPAC’s purpose impacted Salas O’Brien’s designs in multiple ways throughout construction. First, our team made special provisions in planning to ensure that the HVAC and plumbing systems would not interfere with the delicate acoustics of the performance areas. In addition, the fire life safety engineers ensured that the sprinkler and fire alarm systems met code requirements while minimizing aesthetic impact to the facility. The finished 19,000-square-foot building serves as an accessible palette for event coordinators and a cultural center for college students and community members alike.


Cupertino, California

Construction Cost:
$ 15,000,000

Project Size:
20,000 Square Feet

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering