Cuesta College, North County Campus Center

Paso Robles, California

  • FIRM

    19six Architects

  • CLIENT

    San Luis Obispo County Community College District

  • AREA

    44,030 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $22,320,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    6/2018

Design team: PMSM Architects (Architect): Alan Kroeker (Principal-in-Charge), Monisha Adnani (Project Designer/Architect), Keith Huot (Senior Project Manager), Ryan Phelan and Jason Currie (Project Support); John A. Martin & Associates, Inc. (Structural Engineer): Shane Fitzgerald and Ben Rogowski; Thoma Electric (Electrical Engineer): William Thoma and Patrick Morrissey; ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,085COST PER SQ FT$507.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural Portfolio + CALPEC Engineers (Mechanical Engineer): Kevin Chen and Michael Sung; Stantec (Civil Engineer): Steve Wang and Wayne Fitch; Earth Systems Pacific (Geotech Engineer): Frederick Potthast; Webb Foodservice Design (Kitchen Design); Firma (Landscape Architect); Collings & Associates (Fire Protection): Jack Collings; Dohn & Associates (Acoustical): Bill Dohn; Power & Communication Engineers (Technology / Audio Visual Consultant): Greg Notley

Serving as the junction between the entry to the campus and the other academic buildings on site, the new two-story Campus Center serves as the social and intellectual heart of the North County Campus.
The open floor plan creates a light, vibrant and interactive environment for the staff, students and community. Beyond the welcoming lobby of the Campus Center lies the cafeteria and kitchen, the public safety center, the assessment center, student life and leadership, the fine arts classroom, the veterans center, the health center, and the student bookstore. The main interior stairway leads students, faculty, and guests to the second floor, where they can find additional classrooms, a computer lab, administrative services and the dean’s offices.
Student activities were strategically placed on both floors of the building to inspire greater interaction and communication between students and staff. The computer lab features a two-story atrium that creates a striking central core element in the building and admits natural light into the space. The combination of these program elements with the inspiring and functional design elements promises a dynamic and vibrant center for campus life.