The use of local indigenous materials including stone adobe, wood and glass as well as state of the art mechanical and electrical systems, including GEO thermal and solar mechanical systems are major components of the Student Center’s LEED Gold design. Other sustainability features include site reclamation, solar orientation, daylight & natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting, solar water heating, efficient building skin, and flexible space.
The form of the building is unique in the way it stretches across the campus mall creating a bridge as well as gateway to the heart of the campus. Indoor and outdoor covered spaces protect students from the intense New Mexico sun whilst allowing abundant natural light during the cold winter months. The College of Santa Fe recognises the importance of having a place that is warm and welcoming to attract alumni back to the college as well as to provide a venue for students to build lifelong friendships and shared memories. The new Student Center is designed to do just that.