Case Study

U.S. Navy

Chollas Heights Child Development Center

San Diego is the home port for the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet, and with multiple naval bases, an air station, and an elite naval medical center contributing to the population, the city ranks as one of the world’s largest concentration of military personnel and services. With so many personnel in residence, the military actively invests in support services throughout the surrounding community—child care facilities among them. When they needed an engineering and LEED consulting partner for the new construction of their Chollas Heights Child Development Center, the Salas O’Brien team stepped up to the plate.

This 12,000-square-foot building can accommodate 112 children plus staff, and it features spacious classrooms, activity rooms, an administrative office, kitchen, laundry, toilets, ancillary storage rooms, a clinic, and outdoor and indoor play areas.

With Salas O’Brien’s consulting aid, the building’s high efficiency HVAC system, low consumption plumbing, low energy/high output lighting system, and environmentally friendly building and furniture materials qualified it for a LEED Silver certification. The finished project exceeded 2001 Title 24 compliance by 20%.


San Diego, California

Project Size:
12,000 Square Feet

Mechanical and Plumbing; LEED Consulting

$7 Million