". . . uses topography to its advantage . . . a huge transformation . . . created great between-building space . . . at ground plane, nice connection between indoors and outdoors . . . masterful and uplifting . . . ”
For its dramatic, hillside campus in Fremont, California, Ohlone Community College sought to create a new transformational academic core reflecting their vision and values: inclusiveness, innovation, student success, and a bold commitment to the environment. While the existing 1970s campus composition—patterned after an Italian hill town—responded to the hillside site, creating a unique sense of place, the design no longer serves current educational practices and provides considerable challenges for wayfinding and accessibility. Furthermore, the enclosed central quad limits views to the bay and beyond. Ohlone Community College’s goal was to create extraordinarily green and accessible buildings, driving toward climate neutrality and modeling exemplary sustainability to foster teaching and citizenship. The project is envisioned to redefine academic life by integrating flexibility, universal accessibility, and programmatic strategies promoting collaboration and innovation. A holistic approach to site, context, and program will advance the educational experience for both faculty and students. The Academic Core plan will transform the campus environment by revitalizing the campus “Main Street,” opening views to the bay and beyond, and significantly improving wayfinding and accessibility on the hillside site.
Cannon Design in association with Anderson Brule Architects, Inc.; Sundt Construction, Inc.; Gilbane Building Company; Meyer & Silberberg; BKF Engineers; KPFF Consulting Engineers; Veneklasen Associates; Shen Milsom & Wilke; Cumming Corporation; Aon Fire Protection Engineering