Hartnell College Library & Learning Resource Center

Client: Hartnell Community College District
Services Provided: Master Planning, Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Interior Design
Project Location: Salinas, CA
Project Size: 68,000 sf
Completion Date: September 2006
Sustainability: Sustainable Design Features Included
Program: Library-Silliman Collection and College Archives, Distance Learning and Video Conferencing Room, Media Center, Electronic Commons, Teleconferencing, Various Sized Study Rooms, Staff Offices

Award: 2008 AWARD OF MERIT Community College Facilities Coalition

The Library/LRC building was designed to be a gateway entrance building, defining a new “front door” for the Hartnell College campus. The form of the building is the “golden mean”. The form begins in the most public space of the library (the Lobby), and mathematically enlarges into the far reaches of the building into the quieter more reflective zones.

The Library includes several special rooms including a Distance Learning and Video Conferencing room utilizing the latest technology in web-based learning and new educational/teaching technologies. The Community Room on the ground floor is designed to allow for public use during scheduled off-hours. Daylighting is provided by generous amounts of glazing, protected by sunscreens and skylighting. Energy savings items include daylighting controls, occupancy sensors and a VAV HVAC system with sophisticated controls for the whole library environment.