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