Golden West College

Located in Huntington Beach, California, Golden West College is a community college providing two-year associate of arts degrees and offers lower-division classes that can be transferred to other colleges and universities. With the campus’ maintenance infrastructure reaching the end of its lifespan, Golden West developed a plan to provide a more energy efficient environment for its students and staff.

Southland Engineering designed a new campus-wide infrastructure upgrade, including a new central plant with three 470-ton chillers and four 4,200-MBH boilers to replace several inefficient satellite plants. Both the chillers and boilers were designed to accommodate future equipment, should the campus expand. The design also featured 26,000 linear feet of underground chilled and hot water piping in a distribution loop to serve the existing and new buildings connected to the central plant.

Approach & Innovations

To improve the indoor environment throughout the campus, Southland Engineering provided plans to retrofit the existing buildings with either fan coils or variable air volume air handling systems. The retrofitted systems reduce sounds and are more efficient than older systems. The team’s ability to seamlessly integrate the old and new system components generated more than $500,000 in energy rebates, as well as provided significant savings in monthly utility costs.

Southland Engineering designed a new campus-wide energy management system to easily combine the old mechanical systems with the new into an efficient, unified system. The new system monitors and ensures optimal performance across the campus.


Client: Coast Community College District

Location: Huntington Beach, California


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