Higher Education

Treasure Valley Community College - Caldwell Center

The Treasure Valley Community College at Caldwell Center is the first building in a planned revitalization of downtown Caldwell on a renewed section of the once covered Indian Creek.  It offers college prep, transfer and professional technical classes.  Two key design challenges included programming within a tight budget and a desire to achieve LEED Silver certification. [The project achieved Gold.]

The style and materials of the three-story, 39,000 sf college is modern, yet simple and conservative.  The building is designed to adapt to a number of uses and is very energy efficient.

Bold and dynamic primary entrances face the adjacent Indian Creek greenway, which serves as a connector to downtown Caldwell. These entrances are clearly delineated with sunshades and brick-paved patios. Further connections to the natural environment are established through extensive use of low-e glazing at lounges and lobbies where people gather to study and interact. Occupied spaces are arranged around central cores on each floor to maximize day-lighting and outside visibility.

Sustainable Design Notes

  • The $5.1 million facility includes
  • Day-lit classrooms and labs, faculty offices, student services and retail tenant space
  • Energy efficient building envelope, HVAC and lighting systems
  • Water efficient fixtures
  • Durable, low-maintenance, low-emitting building materials
  • Healthy and productive workspace

Reducing energy consumption by 32% below code, the project is certified LEED® Gold.  Interior services included providing finishes that met durability requirements, strict maintenance procedures, and also blended with the aesthetic of the architecture.

 

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At A Glance

LOCATION

  • Caldwell, ID

PRACTICE

COMPLETED

  • 2010

EXPERTISE

Team

Kent A. Hanway, AIA, NCARB
ARCHITECT PRINCIPAL / PAST PRESIDENT
Amy Dockter, PE
ENGINEERING PRINCIPAL / VP OPERATIONS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeff T. Ward, PE
CIVIL ENGINEERING MANAGER
Scott Hopkins, AIA, LEED AP
SENIOR ARCHITECT / SENIOR ASSOCIATE

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