The new Phase 2 addition to the Folsom Lake College Rancho Cordova Center will provide general instruction lecture classrooms, multi-disciplinary laboratory spaces and enhanced amenities to this satellite educational center. The 21,000 square foot, two-story building will be added to the existing campus on a compact 3-acre site in the City of Rancho Cordova.
Inherent in the concept of satellite education centers is the transient nature of the student population. One of the goals for this project was to encourage students’ connection to the campus by providing areas for study and gathering in between classes. Studio W Architects utilized the lobbies, corridors and spaces outside of the traditional classrooms, lecture rooms and labs to incorporate group social areas and individualized study pods or cubbies.
The design for the new building takes cues from and complements the architectural vocabulary of the Phase 1 building, reinforcing the campus identity, enhancing student success and programmatically balancing space for student and faculty needs. The expansion will reinforce the campus’ connection with the community and adjacent amenities, including the Regional Transit hub and the eventual home of the City of Rancho Cordova Civic Center, which is also currently in development.
This project is targeting LEED Silver certification.