This institutional building is located at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, where the edge of the campus transitions into the desert terrain of southern California.
The flexibility in the production process of the GFRC panels allowed for an expressive exterior, especially on the long, grandly curved entrance wall, which the smoothly textured, integrally colored GFRC panels give an elegant, high-quality finish. One of the finishes for the GFRC panels, primarily used on the classroom block, involved a vertical fluting pattern composed of ½-in.-wide ribs. The different textures achieved with the GFRC help give scale to the project and reinforce the building's narrative and function.
Glass-fiber-reinforced concrete (GFRC) panels were selected because of their sustainable features: the panels are lightweight, manufactured locally, made of predominantly local and recycled materials, and low maintenance.