The primary goal of the multiphase renovation and addition project was consolidation and alignment of student-focused programs within the school’s West Campus. These programs included an expanded computer commons, a series of dedicated computer classrooms, student testing/tutoring environments, student union/commons spaces, and the consolidation of student services COST PER SQ FT$67.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation a “one-stop” concept that is aligned with the campus entry sequence.
Included in this realignment is the creation of an identifiable “front door” to the campus. This involved reorienting campus parking to create a monumental desert boulevard and pedestrian dropoff at what was once the campus shipping/receiving dock; and relocating this component to the campus central plant facilities. This shift in organization created an enhanced multilevel horizontal and vertical circulation network that connected primary student-focused programs within the campus four-story network. This resulted in programmatic overlaps, both academic and social. Building additions were inserted strategically among the 30-year-old, modernist cast-in-place concrete infrastructure to enhance the overall student experience, while respecting the architectural integrity of the campus.