photo by Tom Pfingsten


SAN MARCOS, CA (April 17, 2017) – Palomar College officials are shown at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the College’s new parking structure and police building at the San Marcos campus  on Friday, April 14. Pictured from left are Governing Board Trustees Nina Deerfield and Mark Evilsizer; Palomar College Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake; and Governing Board Secretary Dr. John Halcón.

The five-story parking structure will be 499,621 square feet, with 1615 parking spaces, including 28 Accessible and six Van spaces. The structure will be equipped with license readers, emergency phones and security cameras. The top floor roof will be set up for photo voltaic panels.

The Palomar College Police Department will be housed in a separate one-story building adjacent to the parking  structure. The 7,645 square foot building will contain a reception area, dispatch office, locker rooms, evidence room, secure interview room, conference/emergency operations room, armory, report-writing room, and live scan room. The station will have a secure parking area for police vehicles, and will be equipped with cameras and an audio address system.

Dr. Blake officiated at the groundbreaking event, which also featured comments from Halcón and Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services Adrian Gonzales. The official speaker for the event was Palomar College Chief of Police Mark DiMaggio.

The parking structure and police building project is being funded with Proposition M general obligation bond funds. This $694 million bond was approved by District voters in November 2006. Expected completion date for this project is January, 2018.


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