Saddleback College, Health Sciences and District Offices Building

Mission Viejo, California

  • FIRM

    LPA, Inc.


    South Orange County Community College District

  • AREA

    65,897 sq.ft.





The Health Sciences and District Offices Building is on the Saddleback College campus in Mission Viejo, Calif. The facility provides a shared-use design, incorporating health-sciences classrooms, three distance-learning classrooms, an 11-bed nursing skills lab, and a 120-seat auditorium that also functions as a state-of-the-art TV broadcast boardroom. The first and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$175.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms floors contain the active educational spaces, and the district offices are on the third floor.

The design is sensitive to the campus environment by using similar materials in innovative ways. Terra cotta tile on the building facade places enhanced materials at the pedestrian level and connects the building with the campus. The design incorporates sustainable elements such as daylighting in all the educational spaces with zone and dimmed lighting controls.

The interior corridors introduce clerestory windows to let in daylight from the exterior rooms. The mechanical systems are zoned to allow partial use of facilities during nights and weekends, reducing energy consumption and costs. Shade canopies, and the strategic placement and size of windows maximize daylight with minimal heat gain throughout the building.