Construction Complete on HGA Architects-Designed Life Sciences and Fine Arts Bui

Construction Complete on HGA Architects-Designed Life Sciences and Fine Arts Building at American River College

07.08.13

Construction is complete on a new cutting-edge classroom design at American River College (ARC). This new building - known as the Life Sciences and Fine Arts Building - was designed by HGA Architects and Engineers to enhance interdisciplinary learning among fine arts and life sciences with features that will satisfy the needs of multiple departments. The 12,000-square-foot building is positioned at a campus-entry point, creating a gateway to the campus that will stand the test of time.

"Recognizing the opportunity for interdisciplinary learning, collaboration and interaction among students interested in the sciences, such as biology and chemistry, with those studying interior design, fashion and theater arts was a prime motivator for the Los Rios Community College District to co-locate these disciplines together," said John Justus, AIA, HGA's principal-in-charge of the project. "In essence, the biggest challenge on this project was also one of its greatest successes. Making sure that the building encourages this programmatic intent for interdisciplinary communication and interaction between the science and art students informed the design of the new Life Sciences and Fine Arts Building. We now have two very different departments with very different needs, and yet the collaboration of the two now seems inherent in this design."