Orange Coast College, College Center and Student Union Complex

Client: Coast Community College District
Services Provided: Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
Project Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Project Size: 173,572 sf
Construction Cost: $91,154,553 (est.)
Completion Date: February 2021
Sustainability: Savings By Design
Program: College Center: Administration, Food Services, Retail, Bursar, Community Education, Instructional Spaces/Classrooms, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Ballroom. Student Union: Welcome Center, Veteran Center, Outreach, Student Clubs, Student Government, Conference Center, Multipurpose room, Games and activities area. Renovated Building: Marketing, Campus Safety

The new Student Union and College Center complex was envisioned as Orange Coast College’s main campus entrance. The buildings converge in an L-shape framing the main campus quad and intuitively orients the student to the many great programs and services that the campus offers. At the heart of the College Center Building is the jewel-box space which allows for an abundance of natural light along with an interesting view of campus life. Captain’s Table restaurant diners will be able to watch student activities occurring in the new quad which serves as a memorable landscape for important events such as graduation, concerts, speeches, and job fairs.  The campus and community culture is propagated by nautical and wave-like imagery that informs the building shape and form.