College of the Canyons - Santa Clarita, CA
The primary goal of the 2012-2017 Facilities Master Plan for College of the Canyons-Valencia Campus is to provide a blueprint for the development and maintenance of the highest-quality physical environment at the Campus, specifically designed to reflect and support the College’s extraordinary commitment to creating an exciting and nurturing learning environment. The following recommendations are the key components to creating just such an environment on the 2017 Campus, as envisioned in the Educational Master Plan and as identified as primary objectives in the planning process. These recommendations include site development projects, proposed new facilities and recommended renovations to existing facilities, as follows:
Improve existing student and faculty gathering opportunities South of Bonelli Hall.
The congested grouping of modular buildings, scar marks of pedestrian pathways, stairs and ramps, and the underutilized amphitheater of the South Commons will be entirely removed. Newly constructed terraced and landscaped open space will provide student and faculty gathering opportunities by offering a variety of outdoor meeting places. In addition, a new pedestrian bridge will span Bonelli Hall’s promenade, thereby maintaining the established pathway around Bonelli Hall’s former amphitheater.
Create a clear gateway throughout Bonelli Hall
The Bonelli Hall’s Promenade will replace the old amphitheater, injecting a new flux of pedestrian circulation through Bonelli Hall’s lower floor. This additional pedestrian traffic will be directed to the relocated coffee kiosk, reenergizing the space. Wind screens, additional natural and artificial lights, and acoustical improvements will transform the lower floor, making it the ideal venue for temporary arts expositions organized by the nearby Arts Gallery. By providing a physical and functional reconnection between the South Commons and the north side of Campus, the Promenade will allow Bonelli Hall to reassume its rightful role as the “Hearth” of College of the Canyons.
Create additional gathering and recreational opportunities around the future Institute for Culinary Education.
The Institute for Culinary Education will soon be a vibrant and integral part of the South Commons. As students, faculty and guests stroll down the Campus’ central green axis, they will be rewarded with a welcome respite from the intensity of Campus life when they pass the ICUE’s contemporary dining terrace, awash in the aroma of fine cuisine, or the adjacent herb garden with its gentle Mediterranean aromas. During planned ICUE event, the exiting south-end fire lane will lead to a valet parking/drop-off area located at the doors of the Institute.
Improve the South Campus visibility and pedestrian traffic patterns.
Construction of the upper parking lot in 2002 impacted the entire south end of the Campus. Only a portion of the undeveloped southern ridge was left untouched, thus creating a harmonious but harsh back-drop for the South Commons. A minimally irrigated Vineyard will replace the dry chaparral, softening this already graded hill, dissipating the hot summer heat with a wave of green leaves.
Strengthen the physical connection between the Campus core and the Dianne G. Van Hook University Center.
The Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center is located on the southwest corner of the Campus, overlooking Interstate 5. Although it houses separate academic programs, the Center’s 110,000 square feet is also home to a variety of College of the Canyons departments. The creation of a pedestrian Green Link (originating at the top of the southern ridge and running contiguous to the South Commons) will provide a safer and more comfortable path for circulation between the University Center and the Campus Core.
Create a gateway to the Dianne G. Van Hook University Center.
As an added benefit, the Green Link will orient students, faculty and visitors to the Dianne G. Van Hook University Center in two key ways. First, it will bisect the existing upper parking lot, thereby creating two separate parking lots, with the western lot being easily identifiable as serving the University Center. Second, the Green Link will intersect the main vehicular access road, resulting in a natural visual guide to the University Center. The University Center Gateway will strengthen this visual guide, providing directional orientation to students and visitors, while reinforcing the Dianne G. Van Hook University Center’s identity.