Case Study: West Valley College
West Valley College in Northern California was built in the early 1970s, and since then has suffered many of the problems associated with that era’s lackluster community college design. The school’s concrete construction, though durable, limits visibility indoors and out, and also makes spaces less adaptable than the campus required.
The Campus Center, a newer building, created another issue; it cut off two nearby outdoor plazas from each other, leaving them isolated and underutilized. To make up for the situation, West Valley was using makeshift signage to try to draw students in, helping them locate administrative and counseling buildings. Overall, the campus plan suffered from poor traffic and circulation.