This new six-building complex at Southwestern College will house a community conference center, a campus bookstore, an internet café/restaurant, a culinary arts program, an art gallery, a cultural and continuing education center, a business/instructional partnership center, a public safety center and district administration. The facility will free up existing space in the campus core to be used for programs consistent with the campus master plan. They will also allow the College to provide better programs and services to the community and reinforce their commitment to forging educational alliances with both public and private organizations.
The new buildings will be contemporary and reflective of their time in terms of materials and technology, but will draw inspiration from ancient Mayan architectural forms and elements. Mayan glyphs are used throughout the building facades as a unifying element to tie the separate buildings together, as well as connect them visually to the existing campus, and to pay homage to the history and culture of South America.
The project was designed to LEED platinum standards and will seek certification through the US Green Building Council once complete.