Citrus College Visual Arts Complex

Client: Citrus Community College District
Services Provided: Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
Project Location: Glendora, CA
Project Size: 21,920 sf
Completion Date: August 2016 
Sustainability: Sustainable Design Features Included
Program: 150-seat Lecture Hall, Small Lecture, Ceramics Lab, Sculpture Lab, Photography Lab, Photography Studio, Digital Arts Labs, Digital Editing Suites, Painting Studio, Drawing Studio, Printmaking Studio, Art Gallery, Quad

The building is a bond-funded replacement project for an aging inadequate facility. The new 3-story Art Building is a dynamic attractor for visually oriented students. The programming/design committee worked together with the architects and engineers to create a program that served as the foundation the design concept studies that ultimately led to the final solution.  This was an exciting process because the Arts is changing so much with the advent and implementation of technology. The new Arts Building reflects the College’s deep commitment to the arts industry as Robert Slack, the Dean of the college of Visual and Performing Arts stated “The new Visual Arts Building at Citrus College was designed to create unlimited collaborative opportunities for visual and performing arts students and engagement with the College and Community”. Collaboration is the complex’s hallmark as every lab is linked together with shared communal spaces both interior and exterior. The labs each have unique lighting scenario adjustability to create just the right environment for capturing or interpreting staged images on various media. The three levels are organized to house 3-dimensional art on the ground level, digital arts on the second level and traditional 2-dimensional art on the third level. The building is shaped around a central gathering space that will house a small amphitheater and a sculpture garden to encourage students on campus to experience Citrus’ visual arts programs. Large graphic display areas are located on the building to announce campus happenings and promote student work. Smaller art work will be displayed in a formal art gallery. The building’s design is analogous to a piece of fruit that has been pulled apart to reveal the amazing things inside.  The building is organized to reveal 3D art that occupies the ground level, digital art that occupies the second level and traditional painting and drawing labs on the third level. Bright citrus colors and a ground level art gallery capture the attention of students as they walk to or from the adjacent student services center to register for classes. The focus was on engaging the non-arts student in casual confrontation with the various types of arts. From upper level deck areas, views of the adjacent mountains are inspirational.