As the first building on a new campus, creating a sense of place and arrival was critical. The south-facing roof reaches beyond the shell to create a large, sheltered entry plaza — the front door to the campus. The building features a commons space that encourages students to hang out before and after class — a goal of PCC’s administration. The space was designed for collaboration and informal learning and can be transformed with movable glass walls for events.
“Hennebery Eddy’s expertise in designing green academic facilities was the leading reason we chose them as our architecture firm for the Newberg Center; based on these honors, we’re clearly not alone in recognizing Hennebery Eddy’s high caliber.”
— Linda Gerber,
Former PCC Sylvania Campus President
The LEED Platinum Newberg Center was designed to achieve net-zero energy use, using no more energy than can be produced on site. The design showcases cost-effective, bioclimatic sustainable strategies focused on: (1) creating a highly efficient envelope; (2) maximizing passive strategies; (3) utilizing efficient systems; and (4) engaging the user. Through these gestures, we eliminated all mechanical cooling, except for the server closet, and nearly all ductwork. A 100-kW photovoltaic array supplies the remaining energy needs of the building.