CAMPUS CENTER UNIVERSITY OF
CLIENT: University of La Verne
Architect of Record:
Gonzalez Goodale Architects
As a building type, the campus center - in addition to its practical program functions - is, optimally, the central figure on a university campus, and its premier mixing hall - for faculty, students, friends, and families.
In regard to centrality, the LEED Silver ULV Campus Center benefited first and foremost from a fortuitous siting, its frontage on axis with a major campus entry street from Bonita Avenue, La Verne's principal commercial street. This same (northerly) orientation gave the Campus Center the opportunity to have a virtually all-glass greeting to the city, the campus, and, from the upper floors, the San Gabriel Mountains.
Though the site was long and narrow, this extroverted frontage resulted in a 3-story open mixing hall, around which were organized a cafe, classrooms, offices, and prefunction lounge for a campus-wide multi-purpose room.
In combination with a rich palette of materials, (copper, Indian sandstone, fritted glass, and polished concrete), the quality of the changing light throughout the day endows the mixing hall with an often-magical character.