October 12, 2018 – OCC breaks ground on the largest Community College Student Union in the State. Thanks to the community’s generous support in the passage of Measure M, students, administrators, staff and community leaders gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of OCC’s College Center and Student Life Buildings. The complex will be the welcoming “front door” to the campus. The tBP/Architecture team including officers Gary Moon, AIA and Hung Cheng, Architect attended the ceremony.
At the heart of the renaissance is the College Center and Student Life Buildings which will announce to the Community that the College is evolving into the College of choice, boasting new classroom buildings, new student housing and the chance to offer 4-year degree programs. Framing Pirate Way, the enhanced entrance to the College, the College Life Building will welcome students and their families inform and them about the College’s story: the history, the amazing Alumni, the transfer and employment opportunities and most importantly, the amazing programs offered at the College to support student success. As the visitor looks about, student life will be exhibited with gaming, a lounge, quiet study and student club areas that all front on an enhanced central quad. Adjacent to the Student Life Building is the College Center building which houses a plethora of programs and services whose highlight is a jewel-box space in which diners will be able to watch student activities occurring in the new quad while providing an interesting glimpse of College life from the Community through the large windows. The campus and community culture is propagated by nautical and wave-like imagery that informs the building shape and form. The College Center and Student Life is scheduled to be complete and in use by the fall 2020 semester.
tBP’s CEO, Gary Moon, AIA speaks about the project.
(Photos courtesy of Orange Coast College)