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Health Occupations Center, Grossmont UHSD
Santee, CA
Heroes of tomorrow.
A lab design that emulates the industry standard.
Helping students achieve their career goals
Having successfully worked together many times on a variety of education projects, the Grossmont Union High School District turned to HED with a unique challenge, to replace structurally inadequate modular buildings with replacements that would inspire industry standard adult health careers education. Leveraging HED’s understanding of both education and healthcare best practices, the team designed state-of-the-art medical training labs for adult education in attaining credentials in a variety of technical education fields, including: Dental Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Vocational Nursing, EMT, and Phlebotomy.

Managing funds was one of the district’s greatest challenges on this project, so the design had to reflect quality while remaining affordable. The existing 20-year-old modular buildings had structural damage that were not worthy of repair, so HED and the district decided to replace them with two new permanent buildings. The new 16,670 SF complex consists of labs, vocational classrooms, and support spaces that reflect the industry standard in adult health careers training and promote quality affordable education.
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Results
The scale of these new buildings closely matches the balance of the campus buildings and fits within the prior buildings’ existing footprints.
The buildings have low profiles, deep overhangs, an exterior breezeway, windows for daylighting, and student connection to the landscape.
The new labs will help us to achieve our mission which is to provide affordable quality education for those interested in employment preparation, skill advancement, and/or personal fulfillment in health-related fields.”
Barbara Brock
Vocational Nurse & Instructor
GUHSD Health Occupations Center
Project Data
Health Occupations Center 2017-03215-000
Grossmont Union High School district
Santee, California
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
16,670
CONSTRUCTION COST
$6.6 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
    LEED Certified Equivalent
Project Team
  • Jennette La Quire
    AIA, LEED AP ID+C
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Namrata Tulsianey
    Design
  • Emily Perez
    AIA, LEED AP
    Associate
    Project Management
  • Laura Conti Guglia
    Design
A lab design that emulates the industry standard.
Health Occupations Center, Grossmont UHSD
Santee, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Heroes of tomorrow.