ArtCenter Shows Off Dramatic 15-Year Master Plan

Futuristic South Campus design would feature ‘cycleway’ and outdoor digital display ‘gallery’; Hillside campus would also be renovated

Published : Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 5:59 AM

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ArtCenter College of Design officials showed off an impressive 15-year master plan for the future of the school’s two campuses to the City Planning Commission Wednesday, highlighting a South Campus design which incorporates the Metro Gold Line rail route, as well as new, expanded student housing and a “cycleway.”

The presentation was an “information only” update, dependent on a final review of the project’s Environmental Impact Report, among a plethora of approvals necessary before any construction can occur.

Among other elements, designs for the South Campus, between South Raymond Avenue and South Arroyo Parkway, just north of East Glenarm Street, include a “cycleway”—an open, elevated pathway running north and south through the middle of the campus through and between a series of elevated quads, according to architect Michael Maltzan, whose firm is supervising the design.

Art CenterThe school, first established in Los Angeles in 1930, moved to its current Hillside campus at 1700 Lida Street in 1976. In 1989, its first master plan was approved for a 47,472-square-foot expansion to the Ellwood Building and the addition of 200 parking spaces.

ArtCenter established a second campus in 2004, referred to as the South Campus, at 950 South Raymond Avenue. In 2006, a 10-year master plan was approved for the South Campus to include student housing within proximity to the Gold Line Station and public transportation routes. This plan, however, was never fully executed.

Phase I improvements on the Hillside campus will include the removal of the Annex Building, enclosing the open-air Sinclaire student pavilion with photovoltaic canopies, and additional modifications to the parking and circulation plan. The pavilion would also undergo interior.renovations upon enclosure, resulting in a new 3,355-square­ foot addition, with no expansion of the existing footprint.

During Phase I of the Hillside ArtCenter project, existing classroom and administrative activities would be relocated to other ArtCenter facilities, including facilities within the South Campus. Once the Annex Building is removed from the Hillside campus, 25 parking spaces would be restored in the North Lot.

Phase II improvements at the Hillside Campus would include reconstruction and expansion of an existing maintenance and storage building on the South Lot (South Building). In addition, a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility would be constructed near the new South Building for fueling ArtCenter shuttles. The South Building would be renovated and expanded to house the new Commuter Services and Facilities Hub. The existing, one-story, 4,200-square-foot structure would be expanded to a two-story, 35-foot tall, 19,720 square foot building to house administrative and transportation-related services.

The dramatic new design of the South Campus would include two new buildings dedicated to student housing — one at 988 South Raymond Avenue on the 1111 South Arroyo Parkway parcel, just north of the “new” 1111 Building.

Architect Maltzan described his plans for the campus as being built with “four pillars” in mind— Place Making, Community Building, Student Living, and Sustainability.

Keeping that idea in mind, the design for the 1111 Building would include extensive interior renovation, construction of a large “digital gallery” display on the southeastern-facing front of the building, and a 30-foot high pedestrian bridge connecting the new student housing building and the existing 1111 Building over the Metro Gold Line, until the completion of the Main Quad.

The large, publicly-accessible open space main quad area would be constructed over the Metro Gold Line to connect the 988, 1111, and 1101 Buildings.

The proposed student housing and parking building would be approximately 150,000 square feet in size and rise up to eight stories (100 feet) in height, with six levels of housing over a two-story podium with ground-floor amenities. The six levels of housing would consist of approximately 150 units. The lower-floor amenities may also include a art store, cafeteria, student gallery, coffee shop, retail/cafe, gym, studio space, storage, and bike parking and rental, according to a Planning Department staff report.

A stepped terrace, to be connected to the Main Quad, is also tentatively planned as part of the 988 Building improvements.

Phase II construction of the South Campus would include construction of the 888 Building, for either academic use, or a combination of academic and student housing. Either plan would include parking, along with multi-purpose space.

Phase II would also create a North Quad, and extend the cycleway north to link all buildings west of the Metro Gold Line along South Raymond Avenue.

Following final approval of the Master Plan by the Planning Commission, a number of permits and approvals would also need to be acquired by ArtCenter by a number of City departments.

The plan would necessitate Zoning Map amendments and changes, and a development agreement would also need to be approved by the full City Council. ArtCenter would also create a vesting map along with its master plan for approval by the full City Council. In addition, at least two conditional use permits would be required for parking changes and the sale of alcohol in the campus cafe.

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