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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 details

Project name: LA Pierce College Child Development Academic Facility

Location: Woodland Hills, CA, USA

Value: < $20M

Scope: Architecture

Clients: Los Angeles Community College District

Status: Live

Contractor: Suffolk Construction

MEP engineer: P2S

Structural engineer: Degenkolb

Architect of record: RACAIA

Landscape architect: RIOS