Gavilan okays contract with Earth Systems for San Benito campus work

Company will provide ongoing geotechnical service for the Fairview Road location.

Editor’s Note: BenitoLink apologizes for an inaccurate figure used in this story. The first sentence said, “Gavilan College approved a $13.5 million contract with Earth Systems at their June 8 Board of Trustees meeting.” The correct number was $13,500. 


Gavilan College approved a $13,500 contract with Earth Systems at their June 8 Board of Trustees meeting. The company will provide geotechnical services for the San Benito County campus located on the Northeast corner of Fairview Road and Highway 25. 

These services are listed for Phase One of the campus, funded by Measure X, which is set to provide up to $58 million for the project. The bond measure was passed in 2018 by voters in both San Benito and Santa Clara counties. The remaining bond funding of $190 million will be assigned to projects on Santa Clara County campuses.

The first phase of the San Benito County campus includes constructing a maintenance and operations building, portable classrooms for labs and career technical education, open space for parking and possibly a retail site. Additional plans for the campus would require more funding, including additional bonds, according to statements from Gavilan President Kathleen Rose May 2018 to the San Benito County Business Council. 


The following topics will be addressed in the geotechnical engineering section of the report:

  • Soil and groundwater conditions 
  • Expansion potential of the soil
  • Liquefaction potential of the site
  • Preparation of the site prior to grading
  • Grading criteria
  • Types and depths of foundations
  • Maximum allowable bearing capacities
  • Seismic coefficients for use in foundation design
  • Total and differential settlement
  • Resistance to lateral loads
  • Subslab ground treatment
  • Exterior concrete flatwork
  • Asphalt pavement sections
  • Utility trenches
  • Surface drainage and finish improvements
  • Soil corrosivity
  • Geotechnical observation and testing


The geologic hazards section will cover:

  • Geologic structure and stratigraphy
  • Regional faults and their relationship to the site
  • Magnitude and epicentral distance of significant past nearby earthquakes
  • Seismic hazards such as ground shaking and ground rupture
  • Site specific ground motion analysis
  • Soil liquefaction potential analysis
  • Seismically-induced settlement potential analysis
  • Potential for landslides
  • Potential for flooding, acute erosion, Tsunami, and other water-related hazards


Damon Felice of Felice Consulting, the management company for the project, said it expects to send plans to the state by the end of the year. Groundbreaking is expected in late 2022 with a soft opening expected in the summer 2024 semester. 

For more information on Measure X, visit here.


Related stories on BenitoLink:

Gavilan College San Benito campus groundbreaking set for late 2022.


BenitoLink is a nonprofit news website that reports on San Benito County. Our team is working around the clock during this time when accurate information is essential. It is expensive to produce local news and community support is what keeps the news flowing. Please consider supporting BenitoLink, San Benito County’s news.

Carmel de Bertaut

Carmel has a BA in Natural Sciences/Biodiversity Stewardship from San Jose State University and an AA in Communications Studies from West Valley Community College. She reports on science and the environment, arts and human interest pieces. Carmel has worked in the ecological and communication fields and is an avid creative writer and hiker. She has been reporting for BenitoLink since May, 2018 and covers Science and the Environment and Arts and Culture.