Mesa College


Architect: Hanna Gabriel Wells
Builder: PCL Construction
Sign Designer: Stewart White Designs

As one of the largest and most successful of California's 110 community colleges, and the largest college in the San Diego Community College District, Mesa College takes pride in its high academic standards, its excellent programs, services, and its personal approach to helping each individual student succeed.

This passion for excellence was carried through the development and execution of Mesa College’s new $45M Student Services Center. This four-story, 85,000-square-foot facility not only created a one-stop shop for student services on an ever-growing campus, but also allowed some of the region’s most talented craftsmen to execute a truly innovative design theme.

Spearheaded by PCL construction and with signage designed by Stewart White Designs, this project demonstrated what creative collaboration is all about – and how choosing the right team is as important as deciding what to build in the first place. With great pride, Clear Sign was awarded the challenge of bringing to life Stewart White’s incredible concept of large dimensional 3D lettering, crisp contrast, bold colors, and rich material – all with an extreme attention to detail and short viewing distance.

The Mesa College Student Services Center is one of the most challenging and most rewarding projects Clear Sign has ever tackled. In part due to the nature of the design and the high quality standards – Clear Signs was forced to push the envelope of our internal capabilities and thought processes, ultimately completing on time with honors for achieving the high level of accuracy intended.

The most demanding aspect of this project was the creative three-dimensional letters with a flawless gloss finish and brushed aluminum faces found on every level of the project. The finish alone required more than 2,000 man-hours of engineering and fabrication, along with a painstaking prep and paint process that gave our paint department one of the biggest challenges in recent history.

But the challenges didn’t stop there; we also had 250+ feet of full digital print wall mural, hundreds of custom ADA signs, freestanding glass directional signs, and much more. In the end, Clear Sign simply delivered -- and along the way improved our processes, sharpened our skills, and left our dedicated team of craftsmen with yet another perfectly executed project to be proud for years to come.

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