East Valley Education Center

College of the Desert

Indio, California

The 41,000 GSF, four-story project is a collaboration with the City of Indio and the college to redevelop Indio's downtown district. The college had been renting space in the area, but did not have enough instructional  space to prevent students from having to attend classes at more than one campus. The new facility offers enough courses for students to complete their two-year community college courses prior to transferring to a four-year college.

The Eastern Valley Center contains administrative and financial offices, fourteen classrooms, two science labs, two meeting rooms, an active learning lab, two conference and training center rooms. The facility also includes retail space on the first floor which functions as a revenue generator for the college. The LEED Silver (goal) building includes energy-efficient building systems as well as planned renewable energy photovoltaic panels in the parking lot.

 

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