Ohlone Community College District Library/Learning Resources Center
- Services Structural Engineering
- Market(s) Education
- Sustainability LEED Platinum Solar Thermal Domestic Water Heating System
Merit Award, AIA Silicon Valley Design Awards, 2020
Award of Merit in Design, CCFC Professional Design Awards, 2017
Honor Award - Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component, Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), 2015
113%of total energy costs offset
75%of waste produced on site was diverted from landfills
- Owner Ohlone Community College District
Anderson Brulé Architects
- Contractor Balfour Beatty Construction
- Collaborators Gilbane Building Company
- Team San Francisco, CA
Construction of three new academic buildings in the heart of the Ohlone College campus (funded by Measure G bond), as well as improvements and updates to other buildings in the campus infrastructure. The effort sought to modernize Ohlone’s academic programs through the introduction of a new science center, art building and learning commons, which includes a library, tutoring labs and collaborative learning centers. All of the buildings feature technology-enhanced classrooms, laboratories and lecture halls.
With a long-term goal of achieving net-zero energy consumption, the design for the academic core harnesses an existing on-site solar farm and introduces a new geothermal ground loop system that heats and cools the new buildings. Optimal building orientation, shading devices, daylight harvesting, high-performance building envelopes, and the mild climate are among a few of the many factors supporting the college’s net zero aspirations.