Santiago Canyon College Learning Resource Center

Orange, California

The 39,900-sq.-ft. facility includes a library, audio visual and information technology support services, faculty resource center, library instruction computer lab, and computer commons.

This building, designed in conjunction with the Student Services building, forms a gateway onto the campus. Energy efficient Low-E glazing, skylights, perforated metal solar fins, and the deep metal panel roof all help protect and control direct sunlight while allowing natural daylight to permeate into the building interior and inversely becoming a beacon in the darkness. The linear layout of the palm trees address the orientation of the building's main entry and extend out to Chapman Avenue. This gesture responded to the formality of the campus gateway as a first impression for students and visitors, and unfolded like arms that welcome the community.

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