This project restored the 26,000 sf Historic 1930 Claypool Building to its original Art Deco glory while repurposing it from a retail store to a compact college campus. Located in the center of Needles California on historic US 66, the "Mother Road", it was also to "seed" an urban renewal in an otherwise depressed town along the Colorado River. The building required extensive inventorying of its historic fabric - balanced against planning for the needs of modern education including electronic media, distant learning, and locally specific job training. Also prominent is its focus on sustainability using insulated thermal mass strategies and underfloor displacement HVAC. These respond to the extreme heat and high diurnal temperature swings of its Climate Zone 15, hottest in California. The $6 million result has inspired other local renewal projects and most importantly, the creation of a much-needed community center.
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