College of Sequoias, Tulare Center for Agriculture and Technology, Phase I

Tulare, California

  • FIRM

    NTD Architecture


    College of Sequoias Community College District

  • AREA

    85,957 sq.ft.





The new Tulare campus fulfills two important goals of the Sequoias Community College District: relocating the college farm and improving access to potential students in the low-income South County region.

Tulare Center will evolve to serve the current and future needs of the community, while paying homage to its past. The design of the campus is Art Deco, with its ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY10,000COST PER SQ FT$545.80FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress shapes, symmetry and repetition. This gives the new campus its own identity while acknowledging the Streamline Moderne style of the main Visalia campus.

A tilt-up concrete moment frame allows multiple panels to be produced at the same time, and creates a sense of uniformity without the stylistic feel of a warehouse. Art Deco details will be added through clean, simple, horizontal expressions and lines. This holds both an economic and structural value.

Although the frame is stationary outside, flexible curtainwall infill panels inside allow for a design that can adapt and change to fit the needs of the campus. A mall provides flexibility in storefronts and sustainability in clerestory windows, which allow daylight to penetrate into the mall and consequently into the interior buildings. Window walls on the exterior complement the clerestory windows by allowing light in from all other directions.