golden west college - learning resource center
huntington beach, california
The Golden West College (GWC) Learning Resources Center (LRC) is a unique, cast-in-place concrete structure consisting of 55,000 square feet over three stories. The GWC campus is comprised of over 20 one- to two-story concrete buildings originally designed by the renowned architect William L. Pereira in the 1960s; it is a landmark facility known in the City of Huntington Beach and surrounding Southern California communities for its striking architecture.
The Learning Resources Center is supported by 200 24" - diameter cast-in-drilled-hole piers that support a highly irregular arrangement of columns, shear walls, and a full height glass façade at the front of the building.This building is the first known application of a concrete mix design composed of both Type III and Type K shrinkage-compensating cements selected to achieve a striking, nearly white appearance with minimal cracking.
This project was awarded the 2012 "Excellence in Developing Innovative Solutions" Award by the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI). Judges for the CRSI labeled the project, "distinguished by its detailed planning, sustainable attributes, exploitation of resilient materials, and exceptional execution." The project also received an "Award of Merit" from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).