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Gateway Building, Saddleback College
Mission Viejo, California
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Support for Student Success
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The Gateway Building reflects the vision and goals of Saddleback College. It provides facilities and support services across all academic departments and programs. The design is based on Saddleback CORE ideas connecting the building to its context on campus. Connections into the building, through the building and access to program define the spatial layout of these critical student support elements.

The Saddleback Gateway Building is a campus identifier, memorable for students and visitors alike. It is a connector that brings students arriving on campus to a new courtyard with direct connections to the upper quad. Within the building, an interior Main Street carves a second path to the upper quad, while providing identity and convenient access to programmed services and facilities.

The architecture references characteristics of existing campus buildings in a contemporary solution. Glazing along the main street showcases services and activities, creating a ‘see and be seen’ atmosphere. In concert, these strategies create an environment that support student success by encouraging interaction, supporting individual and group learning and creating the foundation for a vibrant campus community.
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Results
Student support services are visible and ‘on display’ to improve student access
Creates a campus gateway building
Transitions inside and outside to connect students and visitors with the upper quad
Project Data
Gateway Building 2019-05356-000
Saddleback College
Mission Viejo, California
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
78,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$36.6 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
    LEED Gold
Project Team
  • Martha Ball
    FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Thomas Christian
    AIA
    Associate Principal
    Architecture Leader
  • Duane Fisher
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate
    Architecture
  • Michael Bulander
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Architecture Leader
  • Jennifer Cole
    AIA, LEED Green Assoc.
    Associate
    Architecture
  • Patricia (Patsy) Shigetomi
    AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
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Gateway Building, Saddleback College
Mission Viejo, California
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