College of the Canyons - Santa Clarita, CA
The construction of Hasley Hall was first envisioned by the development of the Santa Clarita Community College District’s 2001 Master Plan. The planning meetings included the Architectural Team, college staff, faculty members, instructors, managers, consultants (educational planning) and the Board of Trustees. A Leadership Team comprised of the Deans of the relevant departments (Academic Affairs, Cinema, Journalism) presided over all of the campus user group meetings. They facilitated coordination that validated the user input provided to the Design Team. The Architect consistently and effectively communicates with the committee, throughout the process, which allowed user input to influence the program, the budget and the design. The planning process was, from all perspectives, a success that is evidenced by the building users who are delighted with their new environment. They are experiencing the positive results of their own input in the planning. This collaborative process successfully resulted in Hasley Hall’s contribution of vital resources to this dynamic community college: 30,000 ASF of computer labs, five general classrooms, a 120-seat movie theater, the College’s Board of Trustee’s conference room/suite, and 30 top-floor faculty offices.
The overall structure forms a two-winged building connected by a cast-in-place concrete/steel/glass truncated cone-shaped tower, which acts as the circulation core. This three-story building was planned to fill an under-utilized space identified in the Master Plan between the existing Student Center and Physical Education buildings. Integrating Hasley Hall into this sloped site created a three-story structure accessible from grade at each level. The top floor is connected to the existing Student Center by a suspended walkway leading to the Main Entry. The computers labs located on the second floor are distributed throughout the central circulation core and have their secondary exits at grade. The movie theater and the Board of Trustee’s conference room/suite located on the first floor are adjacent to a private courtyard which creates a well-needed students and faculty gathering spaces. The building’s shape and placement on the site (nested between two existing buildings with different elevations) create a variety of small and large active and passive exterior spaces. The central core responds as a three-story Atrium and contains niches of off-circulation space that serve as study areas with data and power ports for lap-top computers. The Atrium’s large glass walls bring in abundant natural light and provide both a feeling of openness as well as views of landscaped terraces, exterior plazas and floors above and below. The Building’s transparency is achieved through the use of the articulated glass curtain walls as the primary exterior material, the weightlessness and mirror quality of the colored spandrel glazing contrasts effectively with the heavy solid concrete of the adjacent buildings. The cast-in-place concrete with a ship-lap pattern was selected to reinforce the articulation between the central core and the two-winged building, a choice that also responds to the physical challenge of the sloped site.
The project completes one of the Master Plan primary’s goals by injecting vitality to the central green space at the North end of the campus. The addition of indoor and outdoor gathering spaces around two key campus resources (the Board of Trustee’s conference room and the movie theater) also redefine and popularize this area as well.
Sustainability was paramount in the selection of building materials such as the single-ply PVC roofing, concrete flooring, recycled floor and wall coverings, and sun control and shading devices. The Building’s success is directly linked to the flexibility and spaciousness of the Building’s various learning environments. And Hasley Hall’s unifying architectural aesthetic has created dynamic spaces, while at the same time ensuring user-friendliness through a simple and functional circulation design.
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