The Green River Community College campus is nestled amidst 186 acres of forested land to the east of Auburn, Wash. A significant goal was to create a campus focal point and a multifaceted outdoor venue for events, performances, and individual and general gathering space adjacent to a new performing-arts center.
Situated at the center of campus, Kennelly Commons FEATURED IN2005 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYLandscape as a casual gathering place. It opens the central part of the campus into one larger, more usable area. The resulting traffic pattern provides a dynamic interaction of students and faculty, fulfilling the original vision for this outdoor space. Local stone artisan Seattle Solstice created a water sculpture by local artist Ted Jonsson to act as the entry to the commons.
One of the major elements of the commons is the performing-arts center, which provides facilities for the drama and music departments. A large, multipurpose space is designed for permanent choral functions as the theater’s green room and is reconfigurable as an intimate black-box-type theater, as well as a full-stage set. An outdoor amphitheater, with seating for 250, was built next to the performing-arts center.