Clark College - Penguin Student Union Building Expansion and Renovation
B & B Tile & Masonry
Architect: Contacts Without Company
The project is comprised of an addition to the existing Gaiser Hall building on the Clark College campus to create the new Penguin Student Union Building (PSUB) along with associated renovation within the existing building.
A significant 29,000 square foot addition to the south and west faces of Gaiser Hall will creates a prominent identity for the PSUB. This location puts the student center in direct contact with a large volume of pedestrian circulation at primary campus crossroads. Strategically locating the PSUB near the food service and student service areas maximizes exposure to the college community.
A large exterior terrace with room for tables and chairs is included on the south side of the addition. The main level of the new addition is comprised of student government areas, student clubs, a student performance space and a cafe. The upper level includes conference and meeting rooms and lounge/study spaces. On both levels, informal lounge seating areas are found in the hallways to foster casual interaction and help create a learning-centered environment.
The exterior elevations integrate brick in combination with metal panels as the primary materials blending into the context of the existing campus. Generous window openings optimize natural day lighting and emphasize the views of the campus and the Vancouver/Portland skyline from within. The south facing terrace creates an inviting entry. The new façade replaces the existing solid brick walls and small windows of Gaiser Hall with a dynamic image, which displays the activities within and becomes a welcoming beacon at night.