American River College is an older instructional-technology community college campus of brick buildings constructed in the 1950s. The college wanted the Instructional Technology Center to depart from the existing campus vernacular and express its modern functions.
The new building is designed in two parts. One component contains training rooms and support functions. COST PER SQ FT$290.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio is expressed as a brick-clad rectangle tying into the forms and patterns of the existing campus buildings. The second part is a curvilinear, aluminum-clad structure that contrasts with the first component and contains reception, office and open lab uses.
The curvilinear forms of the technology center break free from the confines of the rectangular brick-clad boxes. Its knife-edge cuts into the space between existing buildings. This creates a contrast with the “business as usual” forms of the existing campus, and the design speaks to the age of technology that has become the focus of the college. The building is a campus landmark and symbolizes the commitment the college has made to the future of technology in education.