The renovation of the existing single-story, 59,466-square-foot Cilker School of Design at West Valley College modernizes classrooms and technology infrastructure, improves the current space efficiency, and provides a safe environment that is compliant with the current building code and ADA standards.

The original 1960s era concrete post and beam structure was the original building on campus, and was a recognizable icon of the campus origins. As such, there was a desire to maintain “good bones” of the existing structural system and work within the existing parameters to reshape the experience of the building. The renovation focused not only on the functional improvements, but transformed wayfinding. The renovation transformed the space plan to light open and visually distinguishable educational areas, where the active class session become a living billboard to advertise the educational program.

The building houses programs in architecture and drafting technology, engineering, fashion design, interior design, paralegal, child studies, healthcare and park management. In addition to these programs, the building also encompasses a Child Development Center and a Career Programs Center.

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Project Details

  • Completed in 2015
  • Saratoga, CA

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