West Valley College Projects Earn CCFC Awards

The Community College Facility Conference (CCFC), honored two LPA projects with “Professional Design Awards” in a ceremony Nov. 12 in the Sheraton Grand hotel in Sacramento.

Both honors went to projects for West Valley College--the Fang Pei Che School of Professional Studies Building and the school’s Maintenance and Facilities Building.

The West Valley College Fang Pei Che School of Professional Studies Building won the Award of Honor in the Modernization category. The once dark, opaque and inflexible 27,200-square-foot building was transformed into a bold and welcoming presence on the campus while also creating technology-rich, light-filled learning and support spaces. The facility, which earned LEED Gold certification, utilizes modern construction materials that achieve greater energy efficiency than its previous construction.

The 25,000-square-foot West Valley College Maintenance and Facilities project provides offices, warehousing, maintenance and shops in one central location for the college’s district general services, facilities construction and maintenance departments. The design created a practical, cost effective facility for the campus. The result achieved LEED NC GOLD certification and serves as a model of energy efficiency and cost-effective sustainable building practices.

Jurors remarked that the Maintenance and Facilities Building’s “rustic feel is responsive to its site” and the “raw materials like the steel screen evoke what the facility is.”

The CCFC is a statewide coalition of community college districts, facility planners, architects, developers, financial institutions, attorneys and consultants.