HGA Architects and Engineers Completes Phase One Design of New West Valley Campus at College of the Desert


HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) has completed the design for phase one of the new West Valley Campus at College of the Desert in Palm Springs, Calif., -- a project that sets new benchmarks for integrating sustainable design and high-performance building technologies into the academic curriculum.

"The College of the Desert's vision for a self-sustaining campus is to produce more energy than it consumes," said James Matson, AIA, vice president and director of HGA's Los Angeles office. "The plan emphasizes energy production along with substantial conservation and energy efficiency, waste recovery and biomimicry in partnership with green industries and educational initiatives. The campus will consider the site's unique ecology and natural resources to create a national model for sustainable research and teaching that supports the local economy and educational needs in the Coachella Valley."

The project will include 50,000 square-feet of academic space occupying several buildings clustered around a shaded courtyard. When complete in January 2015, this phase will include basic skills labs, culinary arts and a Desert Energy Enterprise Center (DEEC) that engages students in the engineering of solar panels and wind turbines. Currently at DSA for approval, the construction of the site work will begin in July, 2013.