April 18, 2012 – Chabot College has many successes to celebrate. One of the most significant achievements is the LEED PLATINUM certification of the new Student Services facility.
The Community and Student Services Center is highly visible from the campus core as well as Hesperian Boulevard, is the “signature” building of the campus and creates a welcoming gateway to the Chabot campus.
The new Student Services Center is a visionary facility which not only meets the needs of the growing student population at Chabot College, but also facilitate interaction as a community center within the neighboring community. It’s siting and form completes the campus frontage, defines a public plaza, and creates a pedestrian thoroughfare, opening the campus core to the Hayward community. The facility consolidates dispersed student services into a one-stop center. The two-story atrium engages the public plaza, drawing visitors in to discover a variety of service and information counters, flexible study lounges, counseling offices and resource areas. The innovative design “breaks-down barriers” between departments, creates a welcoming student environment to support student success.
A key feature of the building is the two-story atrium, which serves as the link between community and campus. This naturally ventilated building uses the insulating glass is part of a daylighting control system that allows the glass to seamlessly tint or clear within minutes, managing sunlight and heat gain. The building also features radiant heating and cooling in the atrium’s concrete slab in lieu of traditional forced air heating and cooling. In addition, the building is engineered with roof and ceiling air scoops to provide additional natural ventilation.
Student Service Centers serving as “One-Stop Shops” incorporate many up-front and student’s first functions. Chabot’s facility’s functions include: Information Commons, Admissions and Records, Bursar, DSPS, Community and Business Education, Testing Center, Counseling, Career Center, Learning Communities, Staff Lounge, Meeting Rooms, Bookstore and Convenience Store.
The new facility contextually fits within the campus’s aesthetic appeal. It truly stands out as a beacon among the other Facilities which allows the “welcome, you matter” message to occur. It has the “WOW” factor from both the exterior and interior viewpoints. tBP’s Design Team interfaced with the client and the many user groups to effectively and resourcefully program and design a facility that is appealing, functional, and energy efficient. The process incorporated many talented staff members, college administrators, faculty members, and students to create this amazing building.
Numerous green technologies were used in the building included Energy Star compliant roofing, waterless urinals, metered faucets and low-flow toilets, and photovoltaic solar panels that are located in the parking lots across the college campus. Those panels provide shade while generating renewable energy for the college. The student services building also uses a building management system that senses when carbon dioxide levels inside the facility call for more fresh air circulation.
The new Community and Student Services Center is open to both the Chabot College community as well as the greater Hayward community. The facility contains the campus’s Learning Communities, such as Darja and Puente, as well as the International Students Organization and the campus Career Resource Center. The Center creates a strong civic presence to the community with its public plazas, Foundation suite, and large suite of multipurpose meeting rooms, open to both the entire campus and the greater Hayward community.
The project received Platinum LEED certification.
Client: Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
Services Provided: Programming, Design and Architecture
Project Location: Hayward, CA
Project Size: 55,258 sf
Completion Date: January 2010
Sustainability: LEED Platinum Certified
Contractor: Roebbelen Contracting, Inc.