Ventura College - Ventura CA
The integrated Learning Resource Center includes a library, a Learning Center and an AV/Media and Instructional Materials Development Center.
The Learning Center, located on the first floor, contains 360 networked computer stations surrounded by ancillary support spaces. Also on the first floor are a live TV studio, a series of audio-visual production studios, and a 108-station tutoring and group study area. The second floor is devoted to the library, which has 205 reader stations, 49 reference stations, and a capacity of over 116,000 volumes. The third floor consists of a rooftop penthouse of faculty offices, many of which have ocean views.
The Learning & Resource Center (LRC) building is built partially into grade to accommodate the sloping site. The architecture expresses the horizontality of the existing campus and complements the major exterior materials of plaster and unfinished metal. Outdoor spaces at the ends of the diagonal circulation core are linked to the existing library patio and the open west façade of the adjacent science building. The library space is on the second floor for the ocean view and for natural light. The learning center is on the ground floor for easy access and because its program called for a minimum of exterior glazing. The AV/media area is in the portion of the building that is partially built into grade. Its program called for no natural light and sound isolation for the TV studio. Third floor faculty offices mirror the design of the facing science building. The roof patio frames the three story metal clad wall opening to an expansive ocean view.
An important function of the LRC is to be readily accessible to the public. It is open during the day and night for public use. The arrangement of spaces within the building allows the Library to be open while other parts of the building are closed. Art hanging and display areas were carefully placed for viewing by the public.
The physical environment of the LRC consists of large uninterrupted spaces surrounded by smaller ancillary spaces. The large spaces are non-rectilinear consisting of curved and angled planes. These spaces; including library, tutoring lab, learning center, large reading room; are designed for transient users, i.e. students, public and faculty who are coming and going at undetermined times. The smaller spaces such as classrooms, group study rooms, production rooms, offices and conference rooms are designed as standard formal rooms. These are where scheduled activities occur.
Sustainability was considered in the selection of building materials such as the single-ply PVC roofing and the bamboo flooring.
The success of the building is demonstrated by the flexibility and spaciousness of the learning environments within the building. The unifying architectural aesthetic has created dynamic spaces while the simple circulation design makes for a user- friendly building.
2006 Community College Facility Coalition Award of Excellence
2006 AIA Ventura Chapter Honor Award
City of Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA
A building constructed in 1928, and previously used for many years as a muffler shop, was remodeled to house administrative and warehouse spaces for the Santa Barbara Fire Department.
The interior volume and character of the facility was enhanced by exposing and refurbishing the existing steel roof trusses and wood decking.
The exterior walls offered minimal access to natural light so skylights were added and in the administrative area the interior offices were fronted with translucent glass to maximize access to natural light while maintaining privacy.
To accommodate requirements set forth by the Historical Landmarks Committee (HLC), exterior improvements were complimentary to the historic nature of the building while taking into account practical issues such as maintenance and durability to satisfy requirements of the Fire Department.
The project achieved a Silver Rating through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program.
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.
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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Santa Barbara Junior High School, Santa Barbara, CA
The Marjorie Luke Theatre Renovation
After a $2.5 million renovation, the historic, 808 seat, Marjorie Luke Theatre re-opened for operation as a public/ private partnership between the Santa Barbara Unified School District and the Santa Barbara Community Youth Performing Arts Center, Inc. (CYPAC).
The goal of "The Luke" is to provide a high quality, affordable, accessible, youth-friendly, performing arts venue to the students of Santa Barbara Junior High School and the Community at large.
KBZ worked closely with both groups, the Santa Barbara Unified School District and CYPAC, blending the needs of the District and that of a local community group.
The Marjorie Luke truly marks an exceptional work of art that will be preserved for many years to come. The building is a designated historical landmark in the Spanish Colonial style.
The new tiled foyer was carved out of the back of the original auditorium to include ticket booths and a central gathering area. The selection of tile at the new foyer was sensitive to the existing historic tiles used throughout the campus that are listed with the Tile Heritage Foundation. Refurbishment of the original wood theater seats includes adding upholstery and refinishing the wood and metal parts. A newly sloped concrete floor provides full ADA accessibility and a lift to the stage was included that does not interrupt any of the original decorative elements. State of the art theatrical equipment has been added with minimal impact to the existing interior design.
"The Luke became a place where the community is preserved and where it is constantly being enriched."
D.J. Paladino - Arts Writer, Santa Barbara Independent
2004 Coalition for Adequate School Housing Design Award
2003 AIA Architectural Excellence Historic Preservation
Dos Pueblos High School, Goleta, CA
The Engineering Academy program is a four-year integrated course of study in physics, computer science and engineering design. During their senior year, students participate in the design and construction of a robot which competes on the national stage.
The design concept was to provide a seamless interaction between Classrooms, Prototype Design and Shop Construction of Competition Robots. The building design was conceived as having a “clean” side and a “dirty” side. The “clean” side of the building includes the Conference Room, Computer Lab, Office, Mechanical Engineering Classroom and Electrical Engineering Classroom. The “dirty” side of the building focuses on the manufacturing world: the Prototype Room, Machine Shop and Robotics Arena.
All windows are shaded by the perimeter covered walkway or covered sun shades. The windows facing the adjacent building are double glazed for energy efficiency and sound attenuation. There are skylights in the conference room and both shop spaces, which allow for the spaces to be used with the minimal electrical lighting. Increased building envelope insulation creates a passive “thermos bottle” design, which is one of the best energy saving strategies for the mild climate. Also, because of the mild climate, “air-conditioning” cooling is kept only to the computer labs.
San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara, CA
This project consisted of a new building addition of eight classrooms, as well as two portable classroom buildings and one restroom portable building. New concrete sidewalks were added around the new building and portables, as well as a new walkway with stairs at the southwest corner, leading to the parking lot below.
Site work included an accessible path of travel, accessible parking lot, accessible path of travel between the new building and existing adjacent building and accessible site signange for path of travel.
City of Santa Barbara- Santa Barbara, CA
The Rehabilitation of the City of Santa Barbara's Carrillo Recreation Center at 100 East Carrillo Street was completed in March 2011 and was fully funded through the City's Redevelopment Agency. Designated as a City of Santa Barbara Registered Landmark, this historically significant building was originally constructed in 1914 and includes a loggia addition in 1925 designed by renowned architect, Julia Morgan.
The building has been renovated to meet current building codes in performance and health standard, including seismic retrofit and American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades.
Care was taken to preserve the original character of the building as well as enhance and highlight details that previously were overlooked by visitors to the facility.
The project has achieved a Silver Rating through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program, which is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance sustainable buildings.
City of Santa Barbara- Santa Barbara, CA
The renovation of the City of Santa Barbara’s Fire Station No. 1 located at 121 West Carrillo Street, in the El Pueblo Viejo district, was completed in September 2009. The building was originally constructed in 1959 and had only undergone minor crew-completed interior space modifications. The facility has been renovated to meet current building codes in performance and health standards, including a seismic retrofit.
The renovation was phased in order for the facility to remain fully functional throughout the construction period, an important requirement set forth by the client. The renovation is part of the Redevelopment Agency’s 2003 Allocation Bond Issuance.
Fire Station Number One has achieved a Gold Rating through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program.
College of the Canyons - Santa Clarita, CA
The new Institute for Culinary Education - iCUE is a vibrant and integral part of the College's South Commons, and of the Campus as a whole. As students, faculty and guests stroll down the Campus’ central green boulevard, they are 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, the adjacent herb garden with its gentle Mediterranean aromas or the minimally irrigated vineyard dissipating the hot summer heat with a wave of green leaves.
The iCUE’s instructional programs are organized around the 150-seat main dining room, and comprise 12,000 square feet of teaching space, including a wine study classroom, a savory/garde-manger kitchen, a savory kitchen, a demonstration kitchen, a culinary laboratory, a sweets kitchen, and supporting spaces such as faculty offices and service rooms.
In addition to its academic functions, the iCUE is providing the College and the community gathering and interaction opportunities.
Sustainability was paramount in the selection of building materials such as single-ply PVC cool roofing, recycled flooring and wall covering, reclaimed wood paneling, LEDs interior lighting, natural day-lighting with sun control and shading devices.
The building’s success is directly linked to the transparency of the spaces; from the main dining room guests are observing food preparation through glass partitioned walls; the simplicity and transparency of the iCUE’s “main volume” underline an elegant sophistication that mirror and enhance the College’s culinary goals and expectations for the instructional program.
This project achieved LEED Platinum certification!
The Building features energy and water usage displays as well as a second-story roof garden planted with native, drought-resistant plants that SBCC and the community may use as an educational resource. In addition, the building features sustainable elements such as: vegetated swales to promote rain water infiltration; water usage reduction with watersence-certified fixtures and fixture fittings; on-site water source and reclaimed water for all non-potable applications (toilets and urinals); naturally ventilated spaces to take advantage of the cool ocean breeze through operable windows and louvers; maximized interior daylighting with exterior and interior permanent shading devices and high performance glazing.
In addition, the Building is the first to face inland and inward to visually acknowledge the East Campus. In this way, the Building links the East and West Campuses, which previously felt like separate entities turning their “backs” on one another.
The Building provides a new home to classrooms, labs, offices and support functions which used to be dispersed among portable buildings on the College’s East and West campuses, thereby providing a sense of educational community not possible under the previous campus configuration.
The Entry Boulevard not only serves as the main entry and as a visual variation in the Building’s length, but also provides an outdoor activity hub and student gathering space.
The Building’s design responded directly to the User Group’s physical design priorities:
• Functional Respect: The Building provides more classroom and educational space than initially envisioned by the project’s scope with minimal visual impact and the lightest possible environmental footprint.
• Transparency: The Building's transparent eastern facade allows for full appreciation of the site’s incredible mountain and ocean views from within the Building, the East Campus Walk, other points on campus, as well as from the surrounding community.
• Identity: The Building's volumes and materials (including natural stone and vegetative roofing) were carefully selected to be compatible with, yet distinct from those of the adjacent Theater, giving the Building its own place and identity.
Additional elements tie the Building to its physical surroundings: Lightly inclined vertical mullions tether the articulated glass curtain walls, echoing the wood pilings supporting Santa Barbara’s historic Stearns Wharf (visible on the horizon). The undulated metal canopy hovering above the Entry Boulevard provides a nautical element evoking the ocean’s waves.
Santa Barbara Unified School District-Santa Barbara, CA
After numerous Master Site Plan studies, it became apparent that the ideal location for the Library would be where the temporary Library was located. It was decided to relocate the temporary Library elsewhere on campus and then build the new Library. The location was at the center of activity, with permanent classrooms to the north and portable classrooms to the south. The new facility encloses 6,000 square feet and has been designed with a distinctive low profile, so as not to obstruct ocean views from the classrooms above. The Reading Room accommodates 15,000 volumes, seats 36 students and has an accessory area with 8 computer stations. Full audio/visual capability is integrated in both the Reading Room and the Classroom. A Storytelling area arranged in a semi-circle is located off the northeast corner of the Reading Room. All building materials were selected on the basis of very low maintenance, energy efficiency and sustainability. Floors, walls and roof systems have been constructed out of recycled steel and polished natural concrete; eliminating any possibility of mold, fungus or dry rot.
The New Library and Classroom is part of a district-wide effort to phase out existing portable facilities. The new building features a one-to-one iPad teaching classroom as well as a more traditional library area complete with a reading room, computer lab, book stacks and a story telling area. The building is centrally located within the upper grade portion of the campus. The building features a covered outdoor reading area, open wood trusses and a covered walkway.
The Laguna Blanca School Master Plan Included the Following Features:
• New Campus Plan organized Middle School, Upper School, Administration and School Disciplines into "Zones"
• Removed Parking from Upper Campus
• Added Walking Path (and ADA Improvements)
• Improved Auditorium; allowing Student Body to have periodic meetings
• Information Technology Upgrades
• General Renovations to most Classrooms (Communication and Electrical Upgrades for Computers and Internet)
• Two New Classrooms
• Addition to Auditorium
• Addition to Gymnasium
• New Central Library
• Convert Old Library to Computer Learning Center
• New 500 square feet Restroom Facility
• Improve Pedestrian Pathways and remove most Paving on Upper Campus
• Move Majority of Parking to Lower Campus near Gymnasium
• Create a more formal Entry to the School
Designed as a dynamic and multi-use learning center for individuals and groups, this facility is for student usage during the day and community usage at all other times. An extensive collection of books and other media, as well as a computer technology are incorporated into the facility.
The Exploration Center consists of a building complex housing the library, science wing, and the computer lab. Neighborhood adult classes are also conducted in the complex throughout the year.
The Exploration Center was designed to blend in with the 1930’s school vernacular. However, all the latest teaching technologies have been incorporated into the design, resulting in the following school motto, "We built it! Now watch us learn."
Sustainable features included: all interior finish selections were composed of natural composition, anti-microbial and/or recycled materials containing low V.O.C. content; and hot water radiant heating within the colored concrete floors were used thru-out the library.
The First Presbyterian Church is located on a prominent, heavily traveled corner in Santa Barbara, California. The 4 acre site is surrounded by multiple and single family residential properties, with nearby limited commercial, consisting mainly of small motels. Major features of the project include a Fellowship Hall, Chapel, and Activity Center, covered parking structure and renovated grounds. KBZ provided full architectural and interiors services including furniture selection. The materials palette was kept simple utilizing colored concrete, cement plaster, natural wood, stone and handcrafted bronze work. The pews and chancel furniture were custom designed by KBZ. All design decisions were vetted through an active and interested building committee.