When it was discovered that a seismic fault line diagonally bisected this 100-year-old campus in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, earthquake risk necessitated the demolition of five existing buildings.
The project includes a new campus master plan and the design, repositioning and construction of five new buildings that meet FEMA’s earthquake hazards reduction requirements: the library, campus center, administrative/student services building, health and life science building, and art center and gallery. A new pedestrian and parking infrastructure will accommodate future growth and help create a special sense of place.
Modern buildings fitted with the latest bracing technologies from Japan have replaced the demolished traditional tile-roofed Mediterranean structures. The new buildings and a tree-lined pedestrian walkway align themselves with the diagonal fault line rather than the existing grid, which follows the streets.