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West Valley Campus at College of the Desert, Palm Springs, United States

Thursday 23 May 2013

Self-sustaining school in Palm Springs

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Construction to begin in July on College of the Desert by HGA Architects and Engineers 

HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) has completed the design for phase one of the new West Valley Campus at College of the Desert in Palm Springs, California with o2 Architecture and RGA Landscape Architects.

“The College of the Desert’s vision for a self-sustaining campus is to produce more energy than it consumes,” said James Matson, AIA, vice president and director of HGA’s Los Angeles office. “The plan emphasizes energy production along with substantial conservation and energy efficiency, waste recovery and biomimicry in partnership with green industries and educational initiatives. The campus will consider the site’s unique ecology and natural resources to create a national model for sustainable research and teaching that supports the local economy and educational needs in the Coachella Valley.”

The project will include 50,000 sq ft of academic space occupying several buildings clustered around a shaded courtyard. When complete in January 2015, this phase will include basic skills labs, culinary arts and a Desert Energy Enterprise Center (DEEC) that engages students in the engineering of solar panels and wind turbines. Currently at DSA for approval, the construction of the site work will begin in July 2013.

Located at the northwest corner of Indian Canyon Drive and Tramview Road, approximately a half-hour drive from the Palm Desert Campus, the new community college campus will serve as gateway to the City of Palm Springs. The 119-acre campus includes a 59-acre tabular rasa academic campus designed by HGA; and a planned adjacent 60-acre ‘GreenPark’ solar farm, which the college will lease to a third party to provide clean energy to Coachella Valley and a revenue source for the campus.

HGA’s master plan identifies building orientation, campus circulation and growth over seven phases. The U-shaped academic campus wraps around the existing James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center, integrating community activity into the campus. The master plan aligns with the college’s four educational ‘pillars’ to promote business partnerships - Hospitality & Tourism, Media & the Arts, Allied Health and Sustainability Technology.

The campus includes 420,000 sq ft of academic space and 230,000 sq ft of leasable Public-Private Venture (PPV) space, which will serve as both academic buildings and incubator space for start-ups.

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