Dr. Dennis P. Gallon Campus Building A
Honorable Mention 2017 Education Design Showcase
Facility Use: 4-Year Institution
Project Type: New Construction
Category: Whole Building/Campus Design
Location: Loxahatchee, FL
District/Inst.: Palm Beach State College
Chief Administrator: John Wasukanis, director of Facilities
Completion Date: January 2017
Gross Area: 47,958 sq. ft.
Area Per Student: 97.8 sq. ft.
Site Size: 39.2 acres
Current Enrollment: 1,980 students
Capacity: 490 FTE student stations
Cost per Student: $28,392/student station
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $290.09
Total Cost: $13,900,000
The new academic and administration building is nestled on a beautifully master-planned 75-acre site with preserved wetlands, virgin woodlands, and cypress trees. The new PBSC Loxahatchee Groves campus and its design represents a pivotal moment in the college’s history as it brings high-quality, affordable education to the west-central areas of the county.
This first building phase includes a 50,000-square-foot, three-story mixed-use educational building containing classrooms, laboratories, collaborative areas, flex spaces, a 250-seat multipurpose lecture hall, a café, student services, faculty and administrative offices and student gathering and study spaces, along with auxiliary and ancillary facilities, a central energy plant, and facilities support services.
At the center of the facility and campus is a grand social staircase connecting the three stories with breakout areas for students to gather, collaborate, and socialize while encouraging active use of the vertical circulation. Additional small group and personal spaces are created in the circulation areas, optimizing each square foot of the facility to support learning.
Aligning with the college’s commitment to sustainable construction, the new facility and campus adheres to the International Green Construction Code, developed to make buildings more efficient, to reduce waste, and to have a positive impact on health, safety, and community welfare.
The plan for this project is well done; clearly organized. Overall the restrained color palette is very effective. My favorite part of this building is the staircase with the landing/gathering places.
JOSE MURGUIDO, AIA, ALEP