San Jose City College Library/Learning Resource Center

Client: San Jose-Evergreen Community College District
Services Provided: Master Planning, Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administsration, Interior Design
Project Location: San Jose, CA
Project Size: 54,000 sf
Completion Date: June 2003
Sustainability: Sustainable Design Features Included
Associate Architect: Sugimura & Associates
Program: Interdisciplinary Learning Resource Center – Central Information Commons, Math Lab, Reading Lab, Writing Lab, Academic Tutoring, DSPS Lab, Offices; Library – Information Commons, Circulation, Reference, Periodicals, Reading Area, Quiet Study Area, Conference Rooms, Staff Offices

The Library/Learning Resource Center is the first building in a revisioned master plan. It is one half of a planned gateway to the campus formally facing the community. It presents an identifiable face to the community and descends into the central campus quad. The three level building houses an “interdisciplinary” Learning Resource Center that will be open 24 hours and includes a central computer plaza surrounded by math, reading, writing labs, academic tutoring and a self paced learning lab. On the upper two levels is the Library which houses 75,000 volumes and a computer carrel mezzanine. Considerable importance was placed on the provision of natural light and quality of space for readers, as well as sheltering the quiet interior from the adjacent freeway. Each reading and study areas has unique qualities; some seats have window views to the distant hills, some have internal vistas across the reading room, others are entirely enclosed and private.