Education & Universities

From K-12 to universities and associated facilities, Neal Electric has been an integral force in the construction and renovation of educational structures. Ensuring the creation of cost-effective systems that are current yet stand the test of time, we take pride in our partnership with educators and school districts and our role in enhancing the education of next generations.

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Jonas Salk Elementary School | San Diego, California

Size: 7 acres
Contractor/Operator: Soltek Pacific
Owner: San Diego Unified School District
Architect/Engineer: Sillman Wright Architects

The new construction of the Jonas Salk Elementary School campus consists of a two-story classroom complex designed to accommodate 700-900 students from kindergarten through sixth grade, an Administration Building, a Multi-Purpose Building/Lunch Shelter and a Learning Resource Center. A 216kW DC photovoltaic carport system was also installed at the campus.

San Marcos High School | San Marcos, California

Size: 426,000 SF (45 acres, 7 buildings)
Contractor/Operator: Lusardi Construction
Owner: San Marcos Unified School District
Architect/Engineer: LPA Architecture

The new San Marcos High School is now double the size of the old campus with 110 classrooms and other buildings with a capacity for 3,000 students. One section of building A is (4) stories. The remainder of the building is (3) stories. Building D is (2) stories and the rest of the buildings on campus are single story.The main campus was constructed in staggered increments with 118 teaching stations, onsite parking, 3 court gymnasium, performing arts center, technology and science buildings. Athletic facilities include a new gymnasium and football field.

Del Norte High School | San Diego, California

Size: 212,200 SF
Contractor/Operator: Balfour Beatty Construction, Inc.
Owner: Poway Unified School District
Architect/Engineer: NTD Stichler

A new public high school in Poway Unified School District, Del Norte High features 48 standard classrooms, 12 science labs, 5 art labs, music classrooms, a sports stadium, swimming pool, library, research center, gymnasium, performing arts complex and a two-story administrative facility. The project was finished under budget and 2 months ahead of schedule.

Poway High School | Poway, California

Size: 214,097 SF
Contractor/Operator: Barnhart Balfour Beatty, Inc.
Owner: Poway Unified School District
NTD Stichler

Poway High’s transformation has ranged from the removal and replacement of more than $8 million in utility systems to the addition of the 80,000-square-foot classroom building, more parking spaces, a gymnasium remodel and a new student store. Building N houses 28 regular classrooms and several specialty classes including art, photo, music and auto shop.

Olympian High School | Chula Vista, California

Size: 240,000 SF
Contractor/Operator: Rudolph & Sletten
Owner: Sweetwater Union High School District
Architect/Engineer: Martinez + Cutri Architects

Olympian High School (also known as Sweetwater High School #13), an entire school complex of 240,000 SF of area in 12 structures, included the construction of a gymnasium/locker room/shower facility, science classroom center, administration center, library, relocatable classroom placement, exterior basketball and tennis courts, and related sitework.

Southwestern College Field House & Stadium Improvements | Chula Vista, California

Size:  46,000 SF
Contractor/Operator: Balfour Beatty
Owner: SDCCD
Architect/Engineer: Gensler

A new four-story field house encloses the campus-facing end zone of the existing 7,200-seat stadium, incorporating locker and training facilities, as well as multifunctional classrooms with dramatic field views. Monumental stairs, outdoor terraces and circulation, and human-scaled masonry and stone cladding connect the field house design to the campus contextually.

UCSD Mayer Hall | La Jolla, California

Size: 192,000 SF
Contractor/Operator: Swinerton Builders
Owner: UCSD
Architect/Engineer: P2S Engineering

This five story poured in place concrete building has a combination of precast concrete and glass façade. This facility is used for research and development of long term testing for UCSD. High efficiency lighting and day lighting control systems reduced heat gain from these systems. Occupancy sensors were utilized in nonlaboratory spaces to further reduce the cooling load when unoccupied. The layout of the building’s energy efficient systems was fully coordinated to meet the laboratory space needs within the short floor-to-floor height.

UCSD Price Student Center | La Jolla, California

Size: 247,000 SF
Contractor/Operator: Mortenson Construction
Owner: UCSD
Architect/Engineer: Cannon Design/Yazdani Studio

The UCSD Price Center is a highly complicated multi level 180,000 sq ft expansion and 62,000 sq ft remodel of the existing Price Center and Bookstore. The Price Center is the social and information center for the UCSD campus and provides the students with entertainment, food, supplies, and a forum to gather and speak. This building is an impressive architectural design with multi angle wall and floor lines with an enormous Atrium all of which had to be tied into the existing building flawlessly. It was a very high profile project with many demands such as a tight construction schedule which was met with the project being turned over to a very satisfied owner on time.

UCSD Rady School of Management Ph. 2 | La Jolla, California

Size: 81,113 SF
Contractor/Operator: Swinerton Builders
Owner: UCSD
Architect/Engineer: Ellerbe Becket/HMC Architects

Phase II of the Management School project includes 33,496 actual square feet of instructional, research laboratory and office space, 4,804 actual square feet of student support, 5,369 actual square feet of executive education, and 5,103 actual square feet of multipurpose space. The building consists of a five-story structure that connects with an existing earlier project on four levels and will complete the interior courtyard constructed as part of the earlier project with pedestrian walkways, landscaping and outdoor seating area.

Thurgood Marshall Middle School | San Diego, California

Size: 162,000 SF
Contractor/Operator: Soltek Pacific
Owner:  San Diego Unified School District
Architect/Engineer:  Joseph Wong Design Associates

Located in the Scripps Ranch community of San Diego, this 3-story classroom buildings, 162,000 square feet of facilities, 36.5 gross acres/26 net acres, 215 parking spaces, 90+ trees, joint-use fields for soccer and baseball, tennis and multipurpose courts, multipurpose building, library/media center, lunch shelter, elevator and accessibility features, kitchen, faculty lounge, workroom, administrative center, P.E. building, performing arts theater, and energy-efficient design features.

UCSD Telemedicine | La Jolla, California

Size: 96,000 SF
Contractor/Operator: Swinerton Management
Owner: UCSD
Architect/Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

The UCSD Telemedicine building is a new 96,000 sq ft facility consisting of lab work space, wet labs, lab support rooms, offices, conference rooms, operating rooms and dining facilities. The three-story cast-in-place concrete building with lower level basement has a total usable square footage of 86,372 cf. The building design and systems incorporate sustainable “green building design” features and practices as defined by the United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The new facility will be a regional and statewide center for new initiatives in tele-education and telemedicine to support improved health care access.


Chris A. Hess

VP of Operations | Lusardi Construction Company

“Lusardi Construction has worked with Neal Electric on dozens of design-build projects over the last 12 years. They are proactive in finding solutions to difficult issues, always participate with great teamwork attitude, provide top-notch quality installations and stand behind their product in warranty and repair requests.”

Colin Jacobsen

Project Manager | T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc.

“Neal Electric has worked on various projects with T.B. Penick & Sons and has proven to be an essential asset here at the “Performing Arts Center and Whole Site Modernization at Creative Performing and Media Arts School (CPMA).” Neal Electric’s $2.5 Million contract includes work relating to new and upgraded electrical and systems infrastructure, underground utilities, and controls for nine existing classroom buildings consisting of 152 rooms, as well as a state of the art Performing Arts Theater which includes intricate lighting and related mechanical and electrical systems. From the start of the project in July 2012, Neal Electric has been a valuable partner. Their leadership and experience is felt across the broad company spectrum allowing them to take a very proactive approach to their work and any issues that may arise from their work or the work of related trades. Neal Electric has become our “GO TO” subcontractor and has demonstrated the highest level of dependability. This dependability has become critical due to the complexity of working in an environment where buildings are occupied with teachers and children that rely on systems to maintain function during a complex construction project. Neal is always looking to help facilitate impacts to the project, both time and money. They bring added value with their experience to the project design as well, offering solutions and a level of problem solving seldom matched by their competitors. We here at T.B. Penick value their partnership. In summary, our relationship with Neal Electric goes beyond just CPMA. We have formulated a partnership that we believe will benefit all and look forward to many more years of working collaboratively together.”