September 15, 2016 – The American Institute of Architects, Orange County recently honored Crafton Center at Crafton Hills College designed by tBP/Architecture. Crafton Center has the distinction of receiving a Citation Award in the Commercial Category. This project is the centerpiece of 3 projects constructed concurrently to reinvigorate the sleepy “Emerald on the Hill” Crafton Hills College. This College Center is envisioned as the campus portal that supports student success by displaying the campus’ student service offerings while providing a “living room” for the campus. The architecture is a furtherance of the “palm springs modernist” E. Stewart Williams (original campus architect) ideas to create environmentally responsive organic buildings that are rooted in the landscape, and then in contrast, float above the landscape to take advantage of the mountain views above and the valley views below.
Juror’s Comments: “The jury was impressed by the quality of day lighting and permeability of the indoor and outdoor spaces in such a harsh environment. There is a continuity of expression of structure – inside and outside, at both the large and small scale. The dynamic of the design penetrates through the whole building.”
Sustainability: LEED SILVER Goal
Design Architect: tBP/Architecture
Architect of Record: HMC, Inc.