Case Study

San Jose-Evergreen Community College District

Central Plant and Fire/Police Station Renovation and Expansion

The San Jose-Evergreen Community College District serves more than a half million residents within its 303-square-mile boundary. The district is composed of two colleges: San Jose City College, located fifty miles south of San Francisco in Santa Clara Valley, and Evergreen Valley College, nestled among orchards in the foothills of Santa Clara County’s lush Evergreen Valley.

These two colleges cover more than 1.4 million square feet of building space and 160 acres of land. Some of their buildings are among the oldest in the California community college system and required renovation. Over the past 15 years, a series of bonds—coupled with state funds and private donations—have begun to revitalize the infrastructure of the district. As part of that effort, Salas O’Brien was contracted to provide electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire alarm, and security services for the Evergreen Valley College Central Energy Plant and Fire/Police Station renovation, modernization, and expansion. Salas O’Brien’s dedication to efficiency, as well as a commitment to lowering construction cost, minimizing change orders, and reducing the operating and utility cost made the firm an ideal partner in this venture.

The project was designed to reduce the overall utility usage and environmental impact of the campuses. The central plant that provides heating and cooling to all buildings was renovated and modernized. The project also expanded the campus police station to accommodate campus growth and service expansion. We worked with AEDIS Architects and the district to complete all upgrades. Each element of the project was closely tied to the campus’s dedication to sustainability, such as the use of recycled water for the cooling tower and LED lighting for both interior and exterior applications.

The campus facilities are now some of the most modern in the system, furthering the district’s ambitious goals towards a more sustainable future.



San Jose, California

Construction Cost:
$9.7 Million

Project Size:
Police/Fire Building: 3,186 Square Feet
Central Plant: 9,270 Square Feet

Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Alarm, Security, and Telecommunications