California State University, Dominguez Hills, Extended Education Building

Carson, California

The Extended Education Building provides adult education within the Cal State Dominguez Hills Campus. The facility provides distance-learning opportunities in a comprehensive program, supported by administrative offices, registration, a conferencing center for on-campus and off-campus groups, instructional classrooms and a teleconferencing ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$142.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress hall.

Environmentally responsive design techniques include natural and high-efficiency lighting, sunshading, energy-efficient air-distribution systems and easily maintained building materials.

The new facility establishes its own identity at the edge of campus facing the primary vehicular entry. It bridges the relationship of the educational community to the surrounding neighborhood with appropriate contextual scale and bold forms.

The independent functions of the complex are expressed in a campus of three buildings, all organized around the intersection of two walls—one diagonal and one circular. The registration building reaches out toward the center of campus and is centrally located as the primary hub of activity. The administration building is formally located at the corner of the site, providing public access facing north and service access to the rear. Flexible space allows for long-term electronic and programmatic evolution.

This home for high-tech and experimental programs brings responsive and new vitality to an ever-growing need for continuing education.