Ohlone College Building Project Receives Excellence in Planning Award - Article, Office of College Advancement

Tuesday, August 25, 2015.

By Ohlone College.

Architect's drawing.Ohlone College’s Academic Core Construction Project received an Honor Award for Excellence in Planning from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). The recognition is based on thoughtful strategic planning by the design team and college personnel, based on a thorough review of the needs of the Ohlone College. Each year SCUP honors construction projects for excellence in planning, architecture and landscape architecture. Ohlone won the first place award for Planning—District Campus Component.

The design team interacted many times with the college community—faculty, staff, students and administration—over the course of design phase for the three academic buildings that comprise the Academic Core Project. Through repeated meetings with college personnel and students during the design phase the design team was able to ensure that the buildings and the surrounding open landscape areas meet the present and future needs of the College and its students.

The College had specific goals in mind when designing the Academic Core project. The buildings must:

  • Be equipped with the latest science and arts technology
  • Remain flexible to accommodate present and future technology for instruction and for student learning
  • Accommodate easy mobility for students to pass between classes, study areas and parking lots
  • Allow student gathering areas for interaction, with informal meeting and social areas
  • Extend the learning environment outside the classroom by increasing opportunities for students to interact with each other and with faculty.
  • Build on the College’s commitment to environmental sustainability in construction and in operations.

The three new LEED Gold buildings total 190,000 square feet. The award is shared with Gilbane Company, the bond project management firm that is overseeing the entire project and the two architectural firms, Cannon Design and Anderson-Brulé Architects.

For information about the Academic Core project see ohlonebond.org.

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