Oxnard College recently opened the doors on a new, 38,500-sq-ft student services center, which will help the campus expand to serve 11,500 students.

Student services building at Oxnard College opens

Designed by West Los Angeles-based Nadel Architects, the $18 million structure serves as a campus focal point and a “foreground” building consolidating a number of administrative and student offices—including the cafeteria, student business office, admission and records, financial aid, career and transfer center, health services and disabled student services—into one convenient location on the 118-acre campus.

Barnhart Balfour Beatty was the general contractor on the project and the CM was Heery International.

As one of the main structures on the campus, its central, foreground location along the quadrangle is sited to accommodate a future classroom building. Nadel says its approach to this highly visible location was to respect the scale of the surrounding older structures, as well as fully utilize the dominant materials used on those buildings. The building’s exterior materials, including colored masonry units, precast concrete and tinted glazing, are compatible with those of adjacent facilities to visually integrate the new construction into the overall campus environment.

The center is the first newly constructed facility to open on the campus under the Ventura County Community College District’s Measure S bond construction program, a $356.3-million bond passed by Ventura County voters in 2002.