Responding to the needs of the West Dallas community, El Centro College, the urban hub of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), is expanding its campus to include a new 34,000 SF two-story facility. BRW Architects worked closely with a multi-functional college committee, the Construction Manager-at-Risk and the community to design an up-to-date facility that reflects the unique academic character of the college, while acting as a beacon of light within the community and a link to the opportunities offered at El Centro College.
Designed to welcome community use in addition to more traditional college courses, the site is strategically located near the Dallas Housing Authority communities of West Dallas, Dallas ISD Pinkston High School and the West Dallas YMCA. The L-shaped building defines the street edge, while framing a courtyard on the interior side of the site. The academic wing of the facility parallels busy Hampton Road, while the Community Room provides views outward to the contained garden courtyard. Expansive areas of glass allow transparent entry ways on both sides of the building. These entries are connected by a linear double volume lobby space.