Merritt College, Student Activities Center

Oakland, California

Although conveniently situated at the entrance to campus, Merritt College’s student center needed to play a more central role for this Oakland community college. In 2005, The Peralta Community College District hired the architect to revamp the outdated 1970s-era building.

The architect reconfigured and assembled the main building into a color-coded “slanted grid” ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$164.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas where all student services are situated under one roof. The career center, computer lab, dining services, bookstore and financial aid office are among the amenities that now can be found in this modernized, easy-to-navigate space.

Work included major changes in use; ADA upgrades; replacement or upgrades of obsolete electrical, mechanical and building systems; and inclusion of new data, communication and paging systems to streamline activities. Indoor/outdoor relations were emphasized; recycled materials were used; and efficient heating and cooling systems reduce energy costs. This large project had an aggressive schedule in order for completion to coincide with the school’s semester schedule.