LA Pierce College Child Development Academic Facility
At one with nature
11,000 sq. ft of internal and external teaching, learning and social spaces for a rich and engaging experience.
The new facility is keen to be a catalyst for a new campus neighborhood on the edge of the existing one. By designing a collection of permeable building blocks, with views into and through them, we can encourage participation and dialogue with the wide campus community.
The study of a nature will be a key part of the curriculum, so the buildings have been designed to bring the outdoors in. Three separate building blocks are pulled apart to allow for a range of outdoor teaching, learning and social spaces to be nestled amongst them.
External spaces are an extension of interior ones, bringing nature and the surrounding landscape into the core of the development.
A canopy pulls the three separate buildings together visually, creating a strong identity on the campus and offering much needed shade.
Efficient in its design, construction and operation, the development will contribute significantly to the college’s zero carbon targets.
Project name: LA Pierce College Child Development Academic Facility
Location: Woodland Hills, CA, USA
Value: < $20M
Clients: Los Angeles Community College District
Contractor: Suffolk Construction
MEP engineer: P2S
Structural engineer: Degenkolb
Architect of record: RACAIA
Landscape architect: RIOS