Eastfield College, Learning Center

Mesquite, Texas

  • FIRM

    HKS, Inc.


    Dallas County Community College

  • AREA

    55,000 sq.ft.





The Eastfield College Learning Center is the result of a nontraditional vision of how educational spaces can work. The college’s executive administration and faculty challenged the conventional definition of a classroom, creating spaces that support education through a diverse selection of studio learning environments.

Studio ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY550COST PER SQ FT$200.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio vary in size, are technology-intense and have an informal feel. The pathway circulation system is activated with a variety of informal learning social nooks and niches. This encourages faculty, students, administrators and visitors to cross paths and mingle so they can work and socialize in an environment that supports spontaneous interaction.

The building is a prominent new gateway to the campus. A monumental stair leads to a new bridge component that connects to the existing second-level circulation system of the campus. The bridge also includes comfortable seating areas for passersby to sit and talk—furthering communication opportunities. The two-story entry atrium with comfortable seating options includes a coffee kiosk/Internet cafe to further promote the social aspect of learning. Adjacent conferencing facilities can be used after hours for school and community activities.