Opening photo: ©Howard Doty/Imortal Images
Having been landlocked, the fast-growing Owens State Community College sought a new campus. Objectives included creating a stimulating learning environment, providing a destination for the community and students, and developing the flexibility that would allow Owens State Community College to continue to grow.
Phase I of ASSOCIATED FIRMThe Collaborative Inc.CAPACITY2,828COST PER SQ FT$102.90FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio project included site development and all the functions of the previous campus, such as vocational and science labs, classrooms, computer labs, library and administrative spaces.
The design’s main feature and the icon of the new campus is the central commons. With its red-barrel roof and striking clock tower, the student-services space has become the social heart of the entire campus. From the commons, 40-foot-tall glass curtainwalls provide commanding views of the outdoor activity spaces.
Construction of the facility is steel frame with veneers of brick, block and EIFS. The roof is thermoplastic membrane in combination with the Owens trademark colonial red standing-seam metal roof.