College of the Canyons Student Services/Administration Building

Client: Santa Clarita Community College District
Services Provided: Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
Project Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Project Size: 44,500 sf
Completion Date: March 2015 
Sustainability: Sustainable Design Features Included
Program: Administration & Records, One Stop Shop, Welcome Center, Bookstore, Computer Kiosks, Computer Lab, Financial Aid, Counseling, Transfer/Career, Student Services Administration, Chief Instructional Officer Office, Deputy Superintendent Office, President’s Office, Public Information Offices, Meeting Room Suite

In our first meeting with Chancellor Dr. Dianne VanHook, she described her vision to create an Administration/ Student Services Building that is a worthy welcome to the College of the Canyons, the renowned ‘first choice’ for the people of Santa Clarita. She outlined the College’s commitment to continue as a premiere educational institution that moves forward by ‘…meeting [the] community’s needs with a ‘can-do’ spirit, positive attitude, and spirit of innovation, flexibility, responsiveness, and courage.’ “Once a student passes through these doors they can take advantage of this wonderful community resource that will support their success at College of the Canyons. So let’s make their experience exciting and engaging!”

To meet her goals, the tBP/Architecture team designed a 2-story building with a monumental skylight that is a campus and community landmark for higher learning. Passing across the threshold, students can easily explore and access all of the college’s student services and administrative functions to proceed in their successful matriculation. To make the students feel welcome and appreciated, the “Threshold to Learning” is adorned with student and faculty art from the wellspring of College talent. It is a clear demonstration to students that they are in a supportive environment where they can dream and achieve. As Dr. Van Hook said, “We are providing our future leaders with the very best tools to be successful and a solid example of how to succeed. All they have to do is cross our threshold.”

The project also has a pedestrian bridge that bisects the new building. It provides a direct circulation link to the existing Library, which is built on a hill above the new Building. This link also gives direct access to the library for persons with physical disabilities.