The recipient of a 2012 Outstanding Project award bestowed by the Learning by Design journal, this LEED-certified classroom/lab building represents the Glendale Community College District’s deep commitment to sustainability. The new building on the Garfield campus also follows the District’s proviso to relate its design to the 1930’s Spanish Mission architecture that defines the College across all campuses. The new three-story building at 1122 East Garfield Avenue comprises classrooms, computer labs and a bookstore.
Rachlin Partners and Earl Corporation were chosen as the project design-build team following an intensive selection process. Among the strategies employed to achieve LEED-Silver status, the building was constructed using an Exterior Insulation and Finishing System (EIFS) that presents a refined finish—and also significantly improves energy efficiency. To create a stronger sense of place, an elegant archway was positioned at the point of entry from the street, leading into a “Palm Court” that serves as a welcoming space for social gatherings. The archway and palm-lined plaza establish a landmark that gives the Garfield campus a distinct character and guides students into the classroom/lab building.