Case Study

Foothill-DeAnza Community College District

Established during the prosperous post-war 1950s, the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District serves over 60,000 students in and around Silicon Valley each year—making it one of the largest community college districts in the nation. But the district has more than excellent numbers to show for its more than 50 years in operation. As a part of the League for Innovation in the Community College, it’s on the cutting edge of innovation in education. The institution’s core values of excellence, inclusion, and sustainability drive ongoing initiatives to increase impact on the community while decreasing wear on the environment.

Foothill-DeAnza’s commitment to sustainability made photovoltaic installations an ideal energy choice for their campuses, and Salas O’Brien was the perfect partner to ensure the systems’ success. The first part of our work with the district involved electrical and energy engineering services for seven different photovoltaic systems. Salas O’Brien’s design identified and consolidated all points of connection for the photovoltaic systems and updated the associated medium-voltage single-line diagram, ensuring the facilities could achieve maximum levels of efficiency.

In addition to the work on Foothill-DeAnza’s photovoltaic systems, our team also provided construction administration and design for ground fault testing in two campus parking lots—a process that involved heavy coordination with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Salas O’Brien’s work bolstered the district’s investments in sustainability and has empowered the faculty, staff, and administration to serve the community through accessible, quality education in highly efficient facilities.


Los Altos Hills, California

Construction Cost:

Project Size:
16,790 Square Feet

Electrical Engineering, Photovoltaic,
and Construction Administration