Contra Costa College Student Services Center was featured on the cover
of the Contra Costa Community College District Measure A (2002) and
Measure A+ (2206) Facilities Bind Program Citizenís Oversight Committee
Annual Report to the Community. The building was chosen for the
cover of the report from dozens of projects on three campuses totaling
nearly half a billion dollars in bond funded construction costs.
The 16,000 square foot
Student services Center was designed by Interactive Resources,
Richmond Architecture-Engineering firm. The project architect was Andrew
Butt, AIA, LEED AP, a Richmond resident and member of the City of
Richmond Design Review Board.
building provides students with one-stop access to important resources,
such as counseling, financial aid, and career guidance.
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
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
Use of clerestory windows to increase daylighting and natural
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 energy performance.
East to West building orientation to provide daylighting and
optimize solar control.
Operable windows enhance indoor air quality and ventilation.
Single-ply "cool roof" to enhance energy efficiency and reduce heat