Moorpark College, Health Sciences
Replacement and Expansion
Square Footage: 36,000
The Ventura County Community College District serves the expanding communities between northwestern Los Angeles and Santa Barbara with campuses in Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura. Opened in 1967, today the Moorpark College campus educates 15,000 students in the Simi Valley/Agoura/Thousand Oaks area. The original Masterplan and architectural design was developed by noted LA modernist firm Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall, (DMJM) and the campus has been careful to preserve and extend the original architectural language, massing, and materiality of the legacy buildings as the campus has grown and modernized. Accordingly this new two story, 36,138 sq. ft. Health Science building is constructed with the campus’ primary palette of sand colored concrete masonry, white plaster and precast concrete, connecting the new both literally and figuratively with the historic buildings.
The structure addresses the needs of the expanding health sciences programs including nursing, radiology technology, EMT, health information technology, and home health care, and also houses anatomy, natural sciences and the industrial biotechnology program, a nationally recognized program which formerly resided at the CSU Channel Islands campus.
Additional science labs and support functions include integrated instruction environments for healthcare and biotech professions. This building is sited in a former parking lot at the northeast corner of campus, defining a central open quad and connecting via a bridge as the third link in a chain with two other science buildings: the Physical Sciences and the Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Studies building. Several sustainability goals are quietly delivered in the design. The building was carefully positioned to save a line of legacy pine trees, which then provide shade and character to a quiet sciences garden along the the south side of the building. The campus’ first planted roof covers the administrative building, offering the landscaping to an outdoor study terrace on the second level.
Daylight is brought deep into all the labs via three huge light monitors in the center of the roof. All circulation is on the exterior of the building through covered arcades and open breezeways that separate the lab/learning block from administrative and support spaces on either end.