Crafton Hills College, Canyon Hall

Yucaipa, California

  • FIRM



    Crafton Hill

  • AREA

    34,147 sq.ft.





Design Team:
Little: Leigh Anne Jones, Jay Tittle, Mark Morrison, Ellen Emmerson; RFD (Lab Planning); P2S (Mechanical and Electrical Engineering); KNA (Structural Engineering); Earl Corporation (General Contractor); Kitchell/BRj (Program Manager)

Canyon Hall, a new science building at Crafton Hills College, was constructed on a challenging site on ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY318COST PER SQ FT$512.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio college’s Yucaipa, Calif. campus. Capitalizing on a site that overlooks a steep valley, the design complements the campus’ Brutalist architectural aesthetic with prominent angular forms and a steel and glass window wall that offers breathtaking views and admits daylight into the interior spaces.
Designers also envisioned Canyon Hall as a “bridge” between the college’s existing campus and a newer campus development. Glass corridors provide transparency and enable passers-by to observe the learning and teaching of science as it occurs.
With a focus on STEM education, the new facility accommodates teaching laboratories and support spaces for the college’s health science program, including courses in anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biology and microbiology. An adjacent wing of the building offers lecture halls, faculty offices and lab tech offices. Outside, and on the north side of the building that is protected from the elements of weather, students and faculty enjoy an amphitheater.
The programming and planning process for Canyon Hall involved a series of collaborative meetings with the primary users of the new building. Faculty and staff from each academic department were engaged in face-to-face programming, visioning sessions and online surveys to ensure all needs and ideas were captured.
The project is pursuing LEED Gold certification; a campus solar array offsets the high energy loads required by the systems used in lab buildings.