Southland Industries Awarded Santa Ana College Central Plant and Utility Infrastructure

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 21:15

Garden Grove, CA

Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing engineering, construction, service and energy service solutions, was recently awarded a series of projects at Santa Ana College. In addition to Southland, the project team consists of Westberg and White, McCarthy Building Companies, and Pezeshki Engineering.

Spanning more than 23,000 square feet, the 100- year- old facility is one of 15 California community colleges selected to offer four- year degrees. As a result of high demand for occupational studies, Santa Ana College is currently in the final stages of the approval process.

Southland’s scope of work includes the construction of a new central plant with two 600-ton water-cooled chillers and replacement of the campus’ underground utility infrastructure. Southland’s project team will also convert seven buildings to a centralized chilled water system with an ice thermal energy storage system. This new system will be more energy efficient and reduce campus peak electrical demand by shifting to off-peak periods. In addition, the project includes a dedicated building and mechanical yard, as well as a new electrical building, new utilities, and HVAC upgrades.

With the improvements, Santa Ana College is expected to reduce its electrical consumption by 2,102,780-kilowatt hours each year. Over the next 20 years, the savings in energy, gas, and maintenance and operation costs is expected to total approximately $9 million.

The project’s construction phase is currently underway, and overall project completion is anticipated by December 2017. 

About Southland

Founded in 1949, Southland Industries is one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing innovative yet practical solutions through a holistic approach to building performance. Advocating a design-build-maintain model, Southland specializes in the design, construction, and service of mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, process piping, automation and controls systems, as well as comprehensive energy services needs. Offering standalone services as well as integrated solutions, Southland’s in-house experts remain connected, sharing knowledge and information in order to produce the results that have earned Southland its unmatched reputation as one of the top design-builders in the nation. As a company that has always prided itself on innovation and collaboration, Southland continues to pave the way as an industry leader in sustainability and energy efficiency so as to improve the way buildings are designed, built, and maintained. For information, please visit

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