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Green Design Firm takes Health Services to a new level

Contra Costa Community College District taps GLA for its rehabilitation/ reuse project for its Diablo Valley College Health Center design.
Oakland, CA, United States, 02/12/2007

Community College Architects The Contra Costa Community College District (which oversees the four separate campuses of Diablo Valley College, Contra Costa College, Los Medanos and the San Ramon DVC campus) has selected the sustainable architecture design firm of Gerard Lee Architects to help in its health center project. Having health services on campus for the students has been a pressing need for DVC and one of its highest priorities. The Health Center falls under the auspices of the DVC Student Services Department.

Because of their successful past working relationship on the recently completed DVC new College Bookstore, the district selected the principal of GLA to help them design their new Health Center within the existing Business Education building. Previously the space held the administrative offices of the Book Center but with the opening of the new marquee book store, it was decided to rehabilitate the space and to reuse it for the Health Center. This is an example of an adaptive reuse project whereby an existing building is utilized for new uses. Reuse of an existing building helps reduce construction waste that would result from demolishing the existing building. This in turn reduces pressure on existing landfills and the expenditure of energy and carbon emissions that would be a result of demolishing the existing building and the construction of a brand new building. Adaptive reuse or rehabilitation of buildings is an effective and sustainable strategy considering the number of existing buildings within the nations building stock.

Here at GLA, we are happy to work again with CCCCD and strive to ensure that our client-architect relationships are built on a foundation of trust and service. Educational facilities hold a special place within our firm and we work hard to exceed the expectations of our clients. The principal of GLA is an adjunct professor and has been teaching both architecture design and construction within the community college system since 2000. We understand the particular needs of community colleges and will continue to serve them well into the foreseeable future.
Presently over 75% of our corporate and educational/ public client base are repeat clients.

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-last updated April 12,2007