Ohlone College received the Architecture Merit Award for its Academic Core Buildings during the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Silicon Valley Design Awards on Oct. 29.
The program recognizes the outstanding achievements in architecture and design of Silicon Valley individuals and organizations as well as celebrates the distinguished work of architects and related professionals from afar who contribute to the framework of our local built environment.
The Academic Core was designed in partnership between Anderson Brulé Architects, Associate Architect, and prime architect Cannon Design, and includes three new buildings designed to transform the student experience: a science center, a music and visual arts center, and a learning commons housing study rooms and a library.
The Academic Core contributes to the college’s vision of being known throughout California for its inclusiveness, innovation and exceptional student success, and will help better prepare local students to seize the region’s in-demand jobs.
Sustainable and accessible buildings were created, driving toward climate neutrality and modeling exemplary sustainability to foster teaching and citizenship. The Academic Core serves as a pedestrian ”bridge” providing optimum accessibility through a single elevator run that links lower campus to a rooftop covered “Main Street Walk” contiguous with grade at the hilltop end of campus. The design incorporates sustainable building principles with the goal of helping the Client achieve their long-term goal of a Net-Zero Energy campus, while reducing operating costs. Learn more about the Ohlone Academic Core here.