Contra Costa College Center

Client: Contra Costa Community College District
Services Provided: Master Planning, Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
Project Location: San Pablo, CA
Project Size: 108,379 sf
          Student Activities Building (including the Fireside Building): 57,369 gsf
         Classroom Building: 45,253 gsf 
Completion Date: August 2016 (est.)
Sustainability: Sustainable Design Features Included
Program: Administration/Student Activities Building:  Student Life, Culinary Arts, Food Services, Bookstore, Administration, Business Services, Research and Planning, Marketing, Economic Development and Grants, Faculty Senate, Career Tech Education, Middle College programs; Fireside Community Building: Large Flexible Meeting Room; Classroom Building: 11 Classrooms, 4 Computer Labs, 200-seat Tiered Lecture Hall, Division Office, Faculty Offices, Central Quad

A new heart for Contra Costa College! The heart and soul of any College campus is the student Union and central quad. Located in the geographic center of the campus the new center will will replace the aged student center and food services and provide a new campus “heart” or “living room” surrounded by campus support spaces. Student’s are the life blood of the campus and need a place that is clearly dedicated to promoting and facilitating their success. One key factor in making sure that success happens is by creating an engaging environment that is attractive to students. Students have a central location to have fun, socialize, work, and pursue the multitude of opportunities the campus and campus community offers. A great environment is one that facilitates students, especially commuter students, to have a “collegiate experience” where the student is an engaged contributing member to the college culture. The College center is a complex that is comprised of student activities, student club rooms, game areas, food services, Culinary Arts, convenience/bookstore, Administration, Fireside conference area and a 3 story classroom/lab building. Nestled between the buildings are a series of different sized outdoor spaces that are designed to engage students in various ways. Central to the quad area is the “free speech corner” a tradition continued by the CCC student government. Adjacent to the Fireside room is a casual amphitheater where students will be able to listen to concerts, speeches etc. while watching the campus population parade by. To allow students to unwind and engage with nature, the transverse campus creek will have various spots for students to sit and commune with nature (trees, birds, creek). The Classroom Building is a three level building containing classrooms, faculty offices and a 200 seat lecture facility, is supplemented with varied sized spaces for students to congregate between classes and reflect on views of the upper San Francisco Bay.




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