Santa Monica College Main Campus Quad

Client: Santa Monica Community College District
Services Provided: Site Planning, Programming, Design, Construction Administration
Project Location: Santa Monica, CA
Project Size: 139,000 sf
Completion Date: September 2008
Sustainability: Sustainable Design Features Included
Spaces: Landscape Gardens, Pedestrian “Main Street”, Pathways, Fountains, Open Lawn, Outdoor Seating, Dining Areas, Study Spaces and Reflection Spaces
Landscape Architect: Meléndrez Design Partners

Awards: 2009 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Community College Facility Coalition
2009 COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD Los Angeles Business Council

The Quad was envisioned as a collection of engaging outdoor gathering spaces designed to bring the campus community together. The design of the Quad builds a bridge between formerly disconnected realms of the campus, as well as redefining the image of the college to the greater Santa Monica community. These include landscaped gardens, outdoor seating and dining areas, all organized along a palmstudded pedestrian “main street”. Certain areas were more richly and densely designed, while other areas are more open and fluid. Two decorative water fountains are located at each Southern and Northern end of the Quad. A balanced array of native, water conserving plantings define the landscaped character of the Quad. A blend of different trees species serve as a means to off-set any heat island effect. The porosity of the lawn masks a below-grade storm water collection and retention system. Man-made materials were chosen for their light reflection properties and recycled content. To promote a “greener” campus culture, recycling bins and bicycle racks were sprinkled across the site.

Awards: 2009 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Community College Facility Coalition
2009 COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD Los Angeles Business Council

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