Portfolio: Project Details
Student Services Center
Contra Costa College
San Pablo, CA
Interactive Resources provided comprehensive architecture and engineering services for the new 16,000+ square-foot Student Services Center.
The new building provides students with one-stop access
to important resources, such as counseling, financial aid, and
The Student Services
Center serves as a part of the gateway and
focal point to the college, and brings a fresh new aesthetic to
the mid-century architecture of the campus.
Sustainable design measures include:
Landscape design to reduce heat island effect by minimizing paved areas, use of
light colored paving and porous brick paving instead of asphalt, and utilizing
drought tolerant plants.
Utilization of PG&E Savings by Design program, which offers
monetary incentives for exceeding Title-24 energy requirements by 20%.
Reduced amount of energy required to heat and cool building by accommodating
under-floor air, data and power through the use of a raised access floor. This
technique also requires virtually no ductwork, and provides for maximum upgrade
flexibility in the future.
Use of clerestory windows to increase daylighting and natural ventilation.
Incorporation of sunshades (louvers) above all southern exposed windows and
deep overhangs at glazed entry areas, as well as roll-down shades at all glazed
areas, and low-e insulated glazing combine to provide maximum daylighting and
East to West building orientation to provide daylighting and optimize solar
Single-ply "cool roof" to enhance energy efficiency and reduce heat island