The addition to the Bucks County Community College Upper County Campus increased the size of the existing facility by 28,500 square feet to include computer labs; a student cafe; library area; and classroom, office, administrative and common spaces. Small tables and comfortable chairs are scattered throughout the floor level, providing areas for reading, CAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$354.17CITATIONLouis I. Kahn CitationFEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio and gathering. Various breakout rooms are incorporated to promote collaboration among students and teachers. Additionally, numerous renovations and modifications were made to existing facility spaces.
In addition to providing more space for students and faculty, another goal of the project was to make multiuse space, such as large group space and an outdoor amphitheater, available to the surrounding community. The addition, slated for LEED silver certification, incorporates sustainable design principles and materials, including a rooftop garden serving as a plaza level above the student commons, a low-E/insulated glazing system and a geothermal mechanical system. The approach to the design included a consensus planning process that involved—in addition to the entire design team—students, administrators, faculty, college board members and community members.
“Good rhythm and scale used on the facades. The addition brought the existing building to life. A simple plan with powerful form.”--2010 jury