Universities & Community Colleges
campus solutions that help educators teach & students realize their dreams
A Leader in Higher Education Engineering Services
With thousands of university and community college projects under our resume, we can help clients achieve their goals with minimal or no disruption to campus activities and operations. We have experience working with almost every UC and CSU campus, the University of Washington, many major private universities and dozens of community college districts. MEP designs, Master plans, Feasibility Studies, Technology Design, Energy Audits and Retrofits, Commissioning and LEED Certification. We’ve done it all.
Educators Dream It, We Design It
Educators dream big. We dream big too. Our engineers have devised and implemented a number of creative design solutions to help our clients realize their dreams. Time and time again, our team has pushed the boundaries and have successfully implemented Innovative MEPT designs on our higher education clients.
We’ll Happily Jump Through Any Hoops
Sometimes things get complicated. Especially in the world of higher education. Our engineers are well versed in applicable laws and regulations that govern the higher education market and will navigate the bureaucratic process that can sometimes derail higher education projects.
Featured Community College Project
Crafton Hills College, New Crafton Center
New student services center achieves LEED Platinum Certification
The Crafton Hills College campus had not undergone major facility upgrades since its opening in 1972. P2S helped revive the campus by providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and technology design services to the new Crafton Center. The new campus hub is located where the former library once stood.
P2S provided MEPT and Fire Protection Design for the new facility, which houses student services and amenities including administrative offices, versatile event and conference space, food service areas and study spaces. Scoring 80 total points from the United States Green Building Council, the building’s design achieved LEED Platinum Certification.View More Community College Projects
Featured University Project
UC Riverside, Student Success Center
The new Student Success Center (SSC) at UC Riverside (UCR) is a 3-story, 62,000 GSF building comprised of general assignment classrooms for modern pedagogies and technology, multi-purpose student life spaces, and dining services. The building is intended to serve as a new beacon on the campus to support student and organizational success through active learning, collaboration, and community building. The project was intended to not only address UCR’s continued student growth and corollary shortfall of instruction space, but to do so in a manner that upholds UCR’s academic mission with an emphasis on reinforcing student success. This project was certified LEED Gold on July 28, 2022
From a sustainability standpoint, the team coordinated the construction materials to minimize loads within the building and choose climate-appropriate solutions. These collaborative efforts allowed the team to minimize the infrastructure and maximize the usable square footage within the proposed footprint. The team worked to analyze every hour of operation to right-size the equipment and provide innovative solutions, some of which had not been utilized on the campus yet. To implement these systems, the team provided examples of where these technologies had been utilized for similar building types and clients. The building also features low-emitting materials that minimize concentrations of chemical contaminants that are damaging to indoor air quality, human health, productivity, and the environment.View More University Projects
Community College Market Leader
Wes McKean’s 27 years of electrical engineering experience have left him well prepared to lead our efforts in the expansive Community College sector. Wes has worked on numerous campuses in California and Washington, but his experience is wide-ranging with additional expertise in mixed-use residential, state and local government, retail and central plants. Wes also heads our Fire Protection & Life Safety services.
His design experience includes power, lighting, photovoltaic, co-generation, telecommunications, nurse call, security, access control and fire alarm systems.
He has served as Lead Electrical Engineer and Project Manager on various complex and challenging projects ranging from smaller “quick turn-around” to large, multi-hundred-acre site facilities with multiple buildings. His dedication, experience and thoughtful approach to engineering benefits his clients with successful, proven solutions to technical and code compliance challenges. Wes is an IEEE and IES member, a P2S Group Manager and is also active in ASIS International. Despite his extremely busy schedule, Wes likes to volunteer with the ACE Mentor Program, inspiring Long Beach high school students to pursue careers in engineering.
University Market Leader
Aravind Batra has helped make P2S into one of the nation’s top 10 higher education design firms. He brings an in-depth knowledge of electrical systems and their requirements, to numerous needs assessments, systems upgrades, renovations and new building projects. Aravind has managed over 400 education projects and designed sustainability master plans, electrical standards and award-winning LEED Certified buildings for the higher education, K-12, municipal, commercial and industrial sectors. He is widely recognized as a leader in the sustainable design and zero net energy (ZNE) building communities, and is a regular presenter at conferences.
Aravind has been instrumental in developing electrical standards for various facilities that promote energy efficient designs and helps clients standardize their systems and equipment to reduce operational and maintenance costs. He is also responsible for the design of numerous high performance buildings, independent reviews of various types of buildings and has provided peer review on various renovations and new building projects for educational, industrial and commercial facilities.
Aravind is a leader in electrical design for universities, where he has upgraded numerous campus medium voltage electrical distribution systems. He has served as Treasurer for the Los Angeles Chapter of the AEE and as the Membership Chair of the Long Beach Branch of USGBC LA.