A 2007 Sasaki Master plan, in conjunction with VCBO Architects, identified the HCC building as the keystone of Dixie’s overall campus growth. At 167,000 square feet in 5 stories with a mezzanine, the HCC will provide the college the space it needs to fulfill its expanded mission.
The central location on the campus’ historic Encampment Mall will instantly confer iconic status on the building.Housing the library, student, and business services, the facility will be a “student success center”. A modern, technology-enabled library is the largest program element, at its heart is a ‘digital commons’. Visible and readily accessible from the entrance foyer, the commons is conceived as a highly collaborative, socially stimulating, media rich and flexible. Library users circulate upward, by a monumental cascading staircases with views over the mall, to access the increasingly quiet book stacks and private study areas. Integrated into the top of the library space is the English Department; including flexible classrooms to facilitate innovate teaching, a variety of areas for group and individual study suited to current computer-based learning, a writing center and tutoring services. The HCC data center will serve campus wide information technology needs.
The HCC places all the services students need in a ‘one-stop’ location at the lower entry level; including registration, financial aid, advising and counseling. The split level design, connecting major functions with multi-story lobbies ensures the buildings arrangement is clear to visitors.
The building design responds to the region’s geography and climate. LEED gold certification is targeted and will be achieved by careful consideration of the relatively harsh desert climate. A regional material palette of materials reflects the surroundings and is appropriate to the climate. The introduction of natural light is carefully regulated by exterior shading devices and the distribution of openings dependent on building orientation.
The Holland Centennial Commons Building (HCC) will be the intellectual, academic and social hub of the Dixie State College campus. Considered a top priority by DSC administrators and the Utah State Board of Regents, and the single-largest state appropriation for the institution in its near 100-year history, the HCC Building will communicate functionally and symbolically Dixie State’s emergence as a full four year academic college, a significant milestone on the trajectory to become a regional state university.
See the Jeffery R. Holland Centennial Commons Building in construction via webcam here!