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06/01/2013

Communal Growth

Yost Grube Hall Architecture helps Central Oregon Community College serve its community with three intertwined, state-of-the-art facilities.

By Elianne Halbersberg

 
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    A calming, organic color palette, stunning natural views and comfortable furnishings entice students to linger and learn in the new Science Building at Central Oregon Community College. Photograph by Christian Columbres View larger

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    Floor-to-ceiling writing surfaces and display cases abound in the Science Center public areas, turning them into places of education and discussion. Photograph by Christian Columbres View larger

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    A variety of informal student areas in the Science Center encourage collaboration. Photograph by Christian Columbres View larger

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    Flexible instructional spaces in the Science Center accommodate innovative ways of teaching. Photograph by Christian Columbres View larger

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    Lab spaces in the Science Center are connected to an adjacent public hallway by large interior windows to put learning on display. Photograph by Christian Columbres View larger

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    The new Jungers Culinary Center reflects COCC’s partnership with the region’s leading dining establishments. Photograph by Pete Eckert View larger

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    Kitchen and dining labs in the Culinary Center have been designed to be multi-purpose, providing both academic and community use during a typical day. Photograph by Pete Eckert View larger

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    Kitchen and dining labs have been designed to be multi-purpose, providing both academic and community use during a typical day. Photograph by Pete Eckert View larger

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    The Jungers Culinary Center also houses a small library for research and study. Photograph by Pete Eckert View larger

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    The Jungers Culinary Center also houses a small library for research and study. Photograph by Pete Eckert View larger

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    A large, two-story lobby is located in the center of the Health Careers Building to make the space intuitive and friendly for both frequent users and first-time visitors. Photograph by Christian Columbres View larger

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    The new Health Careers Building consolidates the school’s various health careers-related programs under one 45,000-square-foot roof, which also serves as a bridge linking both the upper and lower campus. Photograph by Christian Columbres View larger

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    Light-filled classrooms and dental clinics emphasize health and provide calming views to nature. Photograph by Christian Columbres View larger

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    Light-filled classrooms and dental clinics emphasize health and provide calming views to nature. Photograph by Christian Columbres View larger

“It’s starting to impact not only the general instructional spaces but also the lab spaces,” Stoller notes. “The science building is state-of-the-art. It’s the caliber of any university building that we’ve been involved with—it’s just smaller in scale.”

In addition to providing a new and improved learning environment for many of the colleges’ programs, the facilities also offer a fresh face to the community, who helped fund the projects through a bond referendum. “The culinary program is a primary outreach,” says Stoller. “Central Oregon has tourism, and that program supports the restaurants and resorts as part of that effort. In the health careers, the nursing program has a relationship with the local hospital, the dental program runs a clinic once or twice a month where local dentists volunteer to come in and support those who can’t afford a dentist, and massage therapy feeds into the tourism industry.”

“It’s fun to be involved with those academic programs, knowing the relationship they have with the community and how they support it,” he adds. “It makes for a feel-good story and shows how the college gets funding and gives back, as well. It’s a partnership they have with their community.”

 

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CONTACT:

 client 
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383-7700
www.cocc.edu

 Project Team 
Architecture + Design
Yost Grube Hall Architecture
1211 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 221-0150
http://ygh.com

 


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