Cascadia Community College Center for Global Learning and the Arts
The campus of Cascadia Community College (CCC) and The University of Washington Bothell (UWB) is a unique pairing of institutions adjacent to a dedicated
58-acre wetland restoration program as part of the joint campus’ mission. At CCC, The Center for Global Learning and the Arts (GLA) is a 54,000-square foot
classroom and office building designed to promote interdisciplinary collaboration by housing new programs which integrate visual and performing arts, world
languages and international business curriculum.
The building design is the result of a collaborative process reflecting Cascadia’s commitment to leading-edge design and a vanguard approach to education and
the environment. The overall building's circulation was determined by its functional use. Contemplative, thoughtful spaces face the forest while more public
spaces front the new plaza. This plaza serves as an outdoor classroom and accommodates large gatherings both for the camps and the surrounding community. The
spaces and systems, including a 240-seat multi-purpose performance space, are designed to be flexible and adaptive for Cascadia’s changing needs.
GLA incorporates many innovative sustainable elements and has achieved LEED Platinum. Selecting durable, easily maintainable, and locally-sourced
materials and limiting the quantity where possible was part of the project's sustainable goals. For the exterior, the brick veneer and recycled content metal
siding were used where needed and concrete sheer walls were left mostly exposed. These materials were selected to serve as both a connection to the existing
campus buildings while also creating a distinct modern structure.