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Contra Costa College Student Services Center by Richmond's Interactive Resources Featured on Annual Report

The new 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.


The new 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 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 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 island effect.