Grand Patio

  • AIA CEU: 4.0 LU


1) Riverside Community College District (RCCD)
2) Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties
3) Culinary Academy
4) Coil School for the Arts

Centennial Plaza Block/ The Renaissance Block of the Arts is an urban arts and cultural hub that opened in 2016 in celebration Riverside City College’s 100th anniversary. Each building on the block serves as an instructional program while expressing its purpose to the community. The four buildings within the block, include the Culinary Arts Academy and District Office, Coil School for the Arts, and the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties. This project is LEED Silver certified.

The Culinary Arts Academy and District Office is a three-story, 60,000sf building that will provide district and facilities offices and academic programs in a new, state-of-the-art facility. This project includes two levels of sub terrain parking located directly under the building. The first floor will house the Culinary Arts Academy. The second and third floors will provide new office space for facilities and district offices. The accessible roof provides kitchen support areas for the roof deck open air dining experience complete with an edible garden and views of downtown Riverside and the hills beyond.

The Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties is a rehabilitation and addition of an existing two-story building, built circa 1930,to provide space for a new RCCD Art Gallery.
The Coil School for the Arts is a new 36,420sf school for the arts containing a 450-seat concert hall and specialized spaces for musical education. The specialized spaces include a state-of-the-art recording studio, a choir room, a orchestra/band room, a piano lab, a percussion room, practice rooms, classrooms and faculty offices.

OBJ#1  Understanding the engagement process of designing an arts and cultural center through blending instructional and community use to revitalize an underutilized urban core.
OBJ#2  Learn about the planning process for co-location of the various programs and uses on a tight urban site.
OBJ#3  Identify the challenges of designing on an urban site.
OBJ#4  Demonstrate how the project successfully links the old and the new using historic and modern architectural elements to define each building’s purpose.