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Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley College / Moreno Valley, California, United States

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Moreno Valley College

  • Location: Moreno Valley, California, United States
  • Year Completed: 2013
  • End Use: Academic
  • Architect: DLR Group
  • General Contractor: CW Driver
  • Subcontractor: Columbia Steel
  • Installer: Columbia Steel

Application

Moreno Valley College (MVC) sits on 132 acres and is located in Riverside County, California.  The school opened in March of 1991 and attained accreditation in March of 2010.  MVC has strong programs in health sciences, human, and public services.  It is projected that by 2020, more than 57,000 students will attend classes at either of the three Riverside Community College district campuses - Riverside, Norco or Moreno Valley.  The new Student Academic Services Facility opened in November of 2013 and houses multi-purpose rooms, lecture halls, study areas, faculty offices and a coffee bar.  The 38,902 square foot building features a 35 foot glass curtain wall shaded by massive architectural mesh panels etched with the letters MVC.  The $21 million structure received a 2014 AIA Inland California chapter design award.

Function

The etched mesh panels provide solar shading to the main glass curtain wall, reducing heat entry into the facility through the windows but the transparent qualities of the mesh still provide for significant daylighting and allow unobstructed views to the campus and surrounding San Bernadino mountains from inside. Additional mesh screens shade windows in other areas of the facility.  Cambridge Architectural supplied a total of 2,200 square feet of T316 stainless steel mesh for the project.  Some mesh panels were as large as 177" x 221".

Benefit

The etched Mid-Balance mesh panels create an eye-catching yet functional branded building facade which helped the architect to achieve LEED Silver certification.  

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