In association with WDG Architects
In response to immediate needs at DACC Gadsden Center, the proposed design options for expansion would increase classroom and science laboratory space and would provide a new auditorium. The proposed concepts would all seek to engage the spaces in-between, the spaces that create the setting for social interaction, study and exchange of ideas. Enhancing these spaces would be a Commons for multi-purpose use, a Patio, and an Amphitheater.
Metaphorically, the new building design “looks to the future” encouraging students to build their own future. The form of the building reaches westward to engage the view, creating a more visible, stronger identity for the community college. Building materials will be environmentally sustainable, used in combination with traditional robust materials including concrete, steel framing, EIFS, metal panels and glass. One highlight will be the corrugated, perforated, weathered steel panels. The panels will provide familiarity and a "sense of place" reflecting the weathered metal structures inherent throughout our agricultural region. Through the process of aging the panels will develop rustic color shades consistent with the natural color tones of our desert.