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A R NI NG BY DE S LE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IG N OUTSTANDING Outstanding PROJECT Project Austin Community College New Elgin Campus Elgin, TX The new Austin Community College Elgin Campus is the first higher education facility in Bastrop County. Recognizing the importance of the campus to the community, local residents and business leaders were involved in the planning process, along with College administrators, faculty, and students. The resulting mas-ter plan for the 98-acre site reflects the stakeholders’ goals for sustainability, sense of arrival, pedestrian orientation, reflection of community, and academic focus. The campus will be devel-oped in four phases to eventu-ally support 12,000 students. The first phase of the plan is a 65,000-square-foot free-standing building that sup-ports 1,500 students with comprehensive academic and student services areas. The building architecturally communicates a mod-ern place of learning while embracing the design of Elgin, featur-ing regional materials and items salvaged from the site. A central staircase and atrium encour-age visual interac-tion and wayfinding. Comfortable spaces are provided through-out for individual and group study. Flexible classrooms support changing instructional needs. Technological resources are seamlessly integrated throughout. The third-floor library offers a serene setting for research and study, with a large glass expanse for natural light and views. The adjacent balcony extends the study areas outdoors and further connects the building to the surrounding countryside. Designed to attain LEED Silver certification, the campus features numerous sustainable features. 2014 New Construction/Addition Entire school/campus building O’Connell Robertson 811 Barton Springs Rd., Ste 900 Austin, TX 78704 oconnellrobertson.com Jarrod Sterzinger, AIA 512/478-7286 DESIGN TEAM O’Connell Robertson, Architecture, MEP Engineering Lauckgroup, Interior Design MWM DesignGroup, Civil Engineering JQ, Structural Engineering Coleman & Associates, Landscape Architecture Skanska, Construction Manager at Risk Combs Consulting Group, Technology/ Security HOLOS, Sustainability OWNER/CLIENT Austin Community College District Austin, TX Richard Rhodes, Ph.D -President/CEO 512/223-4222 KEY STATS Grades Served: Post-Secondary Capacity: 1,500 students Size of Site: 98 acres Building Area: 65,000 sq. ft. Space per Student: 43.33 sq. ft. Cost per Student: $11,218 Square Foot Cost: $259 Construction Cost: $16,826,704 Project Cost: $19,839,419 Completion Date: April 2013 Sustainability Rating System/Applied/ Status/Level: LEED Silver PHOTOGRAPHY: 2013, MARK MENJIVAR PHOTOGRAPHER 76 LEARNING BY DESIGN F ALL 2014 | www.learningbydesign.biz

COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Austin Community College New Elgin Campus
Elgin, TX

The new Austin Community College Elgin Campus is the first higher education facility in Bastrop County. Recognizing the importance of the campus to the community, local residents and business leaders were involved in the planning process, along with College administrators, faculty, and students. The resulting master plan for the 98-acre site reflects the stakeholders’ goals for sustainability, sense of arrival, pedestrian orientation, reflection of community, and academic focus.

The campus will be developed in four phases to eventually support 12,000 students. The first phase of the plan is a 65,000-squarefoot free-standing building that supports 1,500 students with comprehensive academic and student services areas. The building architecturally communicates a modern place of learning while embracing the design of Elgin, featuring regional materials and items salvaged from the site.

A central staircase and atrium encourage visual interaction and wayfinding. Comfortable spaces are provided throughout for individual and group study. Flexible classrooms support changing instructional needs. Technological resources are seamlessly integrated throughout. The third-floor library offers a serene setting for research and study, with a large glass expanse for natural light and views. The adjacent balcony extends the study areas outdoors and further connects the building to the surrounding countryside.

Designed to attain LEED Silver certification, the campus features numerous sustainable features.

Sheridan College Edward A. Whitney Academic Center
Sheridan, WY

The Edward A. Whitney Academic Center is the beginning of a major campus renovation and expansion for Sheridan College. The expansion and renovation of the original Whitney building re-establishes the college’s connection to the Sheridan community. The project fixed existing flaws in the campus traffic plan, renovated antiquated classrooms, increased the college’s STEM offerings, and created a welcoming student experience.

The architecture conveys the permanence and commitment of the college to the community. Historical and collegiate building forms are clad with timeless materials, like brick, stone, and metal shingles. The entry welcomes students to a bookstore and the streamlined one-stop- shop student services department. A courtyard and gathering space lies at the center of the building and is designed to function as student lounge space that can also handle college and community functions. Centered around the gathering space is a diverse selection of technology rich classrooms that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Daylit hallways weave through multiple types of student lounge and team spaces. Warm comfortable niche spaces (and a coffee shop!) were created to encourage students to remain nearby between classes, increasing value to the time spent outside of the classroom.

Falls Gateway Building
Spokane, WA

The new 54,000-square-foot Falls Gateway Building, which will earn LEED Gold certification at minimum, occupies a prominent site on the Spokane Falls Community College campus. The building is designed as two perpendicular, contrasting wings to complement and enhance important features of the campus. A more dominant, transparent classroom wing of glass, concrete and metal panel visually connects the building’s interior teaching and learning environments with the rest of the campus by its location adjacent to the major pedestrian walk linking the campus together. A contrasting, more academic, primarily brick wing houses campus administration, a tutoring center, service learning center and community engagement offices. The east façade of this more traditional brick architecture defines one side of a new campus quad that terminates at the existing library.

The new building provides classroom space for major transfer courses, a center for tutoring the general student population, computer classrooms, and program support and administrative space. Seminar rooms and other innovative programs in the Service- Learning and Community Engagement departments are also included, as well as additional faculty office space.

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