Cuesta College, Instructional Building

San Luis Obispo, California

  • FIRM

    PMSM Architects

  • CLIENT

    San Luis Obispo County Community College District

  • AREA

    32,700 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $12,470,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    1/2018

Design team: PMSM Architects (Architect): Alan Kroeker (Principal-in-Charge), Monisha Adnani (Project Designer/Architect), Amy Nemcik (Project Manager); IDS Group (Structural Engineer): Said Hilmy and Victor Mercado; Thoma Electric (Electrical Engineer): William Thoma and Patrick Morrissey; dHa + CALPEC Engineers (Mechanical Engineer): Kevin Chen and Michael Sung; ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY840COST PER SQ FT$381.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural Portfolio (Civil Engineer): Steve Wang and Wayne Fitch; Earth Systems Pacific (Geotech Engineer): Frederick Potthast; Firma (Landscape Architect); Collings & Associates (Fire Protection): Jack Collings; Dohn & Associates (Acoustical): Bill Dohn; Power & Communication Engineers (Technology / Audio Visual Consultant): Greg Notley

The new two-story Instructional Building has high-capacity multidiscipline classrooms, faculty offices, and meeting spaces. The first floor features eight classrooms, each with a capacity of up to 45 students, and one forum-size classroom with a capacity of 90 students.
The second floor is focused on continuing the interaction between faculty and students outside the classroom. The upper level includes 47 faculty offices, a large conference room, two meeting rooms, a staff lounge, and a breakroom for students to use while they wait to meet with professors and advisers.
The layout of the building promotes easy navigation and maximizes the usable square footage. The Instructional Building was thoughtfully designed to not only include elements of the existing architectural fabric of the San Luis Obispo campus but also introduce new design elements to the building and the campus architecture.