Balfour Beatty Wraps New Health Sciences Building at Santa Ana College

By Eric Althoff

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Southern California design-builder Balfour Beatty has completed work on the Health and Sciences Building at Santa Ana College, a member of the Rancho Santiago Community College District. The $58.8 million structure replaced the former Russell Hall, with future room to expand the school’s Health Sciences program.

Over three stories, the 55,563-square-foot building houses such programs as occupational therapy, nursing, fire technology, EMT training and pharmacy technician. The new building contains 20 classrooms plus offices, labs, a library, lecture halls, simulation labs and meeting rooms. Each floor also provides students with study and group meeting areas.

In addition, a new parking lot has been fashioned, with ports for electric vehicle charging stations included.

“We are excited to deliver Santa Ana College’s newest facility on campus that provides a state-of-the-art learning environment for students and faculty,” said Gil Fullen, Balfour Beatty senior vice president in California. “During construction, our teammates and trade partners worked relentlessly in providing a best-in-class building experience for our client and local stakeholders.

Through our commitment to operational excellence, Balfour Beatty is proud to complete another premier higher education project in our community that will be used for generations to come.”

“Throughout the project, Balfour Beatty consistently demonstrated effective communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills,” added Joe Melendez, Santa Ana College director of facility planning, construction and district support services. “They fostered a positive working environment by engaging with stakeholders, addressing concerns promptly and ensuring that the project progressed smoothly from inception to completion. Balfour Beatty’s exemplary performance, professionalism and commitment to delivering exceptional results make them an invaluable asset to any construction endeavor.”