The award-winning Kravis Center is a new five-level academic and administrative facility serving as the western gateway to the Claremont McKenna College campus. Constructed on the occupied campus, the 169,000 SF building provides a “Welcome Area” for prospective students, faculty, and visitors. It is also home to new lecture halls, classrooms, and administration offices.
Designed by Raphael Viñoly Architects, the complex features ascending cantilevered terraces, green space, and a technologically groundbreaking all-glass outdoor “Living Room” which is a central component of the college’s interior courtyard.
The design scheme integrates the concept of transparency, utilizing abundant natural daylight and visually integrating indoor and outdoor activities.
The Kravis Center achieved LEED® Gold certification for energy use, lighting, water, and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.
The project was named “Best of the Best 2011” in the Higher Education category by Engineering News Record (ENR).