Magazine article University Business

National Polytechnic College of Science Technology Center, National University (Calif.)

Magazine article University Business

National Polytechnic College of Science Technology Center, National University (Calif.)

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IT'S PROBABLY THE ONLY TIME a building has been designed around a dive tank. For the four-acre Kearny Mesa campus of National University--one of seven San Diego-area locations, all serving mainly adult learners through evening classes--a new facility was built to accommodate program needs.

* FUNCTION: Classrooms, labs, and equipment for NPCS, which offers associate's degree and certificate programs related to commercial diving and marine technology, and hyperbaric medical technology.

* CHALLENGE: The original site included a two-story diving tank and a single-story classroom and office building located approximately 46 feet (and a flight of stairs) from the 18-foot-tall, 15-foot diameter tank. "We had a building and we made it work," says Director of Facilities Stu Markey, adding that it was too small and not specifically designed to support the program. About six years old, the diving tank would remain.

* SOLUTION: Besides locating the building and tank closer together on the site, the project team incorporated the tank's compressed air/mixed gas system--which serves the needs of the college's hyperbaric medical program as well--into the design to locate it directly beneath the dive tank platform. …

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