West Valley College Visual Arts Building

Education

Innovation

Location:

Saratoga

Square Footage:

19,000

Structural System:

Steel braced frame

The replacement Visual Arts Building will be a 19,000 sf, two-level building stepped into the hillside with a central courtyard.

The front two-story space is open for use as a gallery with a 30 foot tall curtain wall for natural light. IDA worked with the architect to choose an efficient steel braced frame system to help minimize the cost for this community college building. IDA also introduced stepped retaining walls into the design to reduce the retaining wall sizes and cost. Geofoam is being used as backfill behind the lower retaining wall to keep soil pressure absent from the upper retaining wall.

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