Ohlone Selects Architects to Rebuild Fremont Campus Buildings - Press Release, Office of College Advancement

Friday, October 12, 2012
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Fremont, CA-Ohlone College announced it has hired the architectural firms Cannon Design and Anderson-Brulee Architects to enact the Facilities Master Plan for construction work on the Fremont campus using the Measure G Bond funds. They will work on the academic core buildings on campus, designing the main buildings and developing design standards for the campus. The firm will work closely with faculty and administration in planning the programmatic use for each of the buildings and the best layout for the campus learning environment and to facilitate cross-campus navigation for students. Buildings to be designed will include science labs, fine arts, library/learning resource centers, general classrooms, offices, conference areas and social spaces for students.

Cannon Design has a strong portfolio in education having worked with and designed structures for over 160 colleges. Locally, they have worked with UC Berkeley, San Jose Evergreen College, Stanford, San Jose State, and De Anza College. They have a particular strength in libraries, science buildings and laboratories. Cannon Design is a large, global firm with 17 offices worldwide, including India and China, and a local office in San Francisco. They are partnered with Anderson-Brulee, a Silicon Valley firm with 28 years in the region. A small, female-owned business, Anderson-Brulee also specializes in education, libraries, and sciences. The firm worked on the Martin Luther King Library, which was a joint project between the City of San Jose and San Jose State University, and have worked locally with Washington Hospital, Foothill, De Anza and West Valley Colleges. Together, the two firms have worked on over 500 higher education projects.

The selection process was thorough and involved a committee with representatives from all of the college constituencies, faculty, instructional administrators, facilities and finance representatives as well as the executive team. The original pool of 21 applicants was paper screened and 7 applicants were interviewed and made presentations to the committee. The committee selected three candidate firms to move forward to the president's executive staff for interviews. The group was narrowed to two for site visits at the firms' offices. On completion of the site visits, Ohlone was pleased to select the partnership of Cannon Design and Anderson-Brulee Architects.

The College has yet to hire a landscape architect firm that will design the grounds and athletic fields that are an integral part of the work that will be completed as part of the District's Facilities Master Plan.

Measure G is a general obligation bond passed by voters in the Ohlone College District in November 2010. Voters approved funding of $349 million to construct, repair or upgrade facilities and technology, upgrade for earthquake and fire safety and improve disabled access at Ohlone's aging facilities on the almost 40 year old hillside campus in Fremont. Extensive information on the Ohlone District Facilities Master Plan and Measure G can be found at www.ohlonebond.org.

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