Mark Cavagnero Associates designs new home for philanthropic organisation
The Community Foundation Santa Cruz County has helped local donors invest wisely in their community since 1982. The Foundation desired a permanent home in order to control their administrative costs and securely anchor the non-profit as a community resource.
With generosity from local donors and philanthropists, the Foundation has developed a new home in Aptos, California. The new 10,000-sq-ft building embodies the organisation’s commitment to community engagement and sustainability.
The site is centrally located along a busy, main commercial corridor surrounded predominantly by single-story businesses. The building follows the slope of the land, which registers a 20-ft drop from the street level to the rear of the property.
The strategic siting helps shield the building from busy street traffic noise particularly on the east side where the public parking lot and the main entry are located. The main entry is designed to welcome visitors while also accommodating outdoor gathering spaces for community and social events.
Administrative and public spaces, clad in materials evoking a sense of permanence, securely anchors the Foundation as an enduring community resource.