Oxnard College, Performing Arts Classroom and Auditorium

Oxnard, California

  • FIRM

    MVE Institutional Inc.


    Ventura County Community College District

  • AREA

    26,500 sq.ft.





The Oxnard College Performing Arts Classroom and Auditorium complex will be the new home for the performing-arts program and Oxnard College Television. This new multi-use complex will be the college’s largest-capacity lecture hall and auditorium space. It also will serve as a major campus design statement and community icon because of its prominent location.

The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$560.22FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress held a series of workshops and design charettes, soliciting input from campus users and specialty consultants. Both the 400-seat auditorium and 100-seat black-box theater will accommodate a wide spectrum of uses. Additional classrooms and support spaces are designed to consolidate various programs that are relevant to the program.

The design of the complex complements and enhances the interior campus green spaces, and is sensitive to the other existing and newly planned buildings. The thoughtfully designed outdoor plaza and its relationship with adjacent and future buildings serve to create a distinguishable centralized “Courtyard for the Arts.” The rotated forms, differing heights and butterfly roofs create a powerful image facing the street.