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Rio Hondo College Central Plant

CAMPUS | Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA, 2010 Part of a campus modernization project, the Central Plant at Rio Hondo College provides hot and chilled water for a number of new and existing buildings contained in the Rio Hondo College Master Plan.  Located against a hillside on the east side of the College, the site is visually prominent from much of the campus.  West Edge Architects utilized burnished and glazed concrete masonry units to create a sense of depth in the building exterior wall and reduce the apparent mass of the structure.  The various sized openings required for the equipment are organized by utilizing several different sizes of block.  The block colors were selected to match rock colors found in the existing landscape.  The yard containing the ground mounted cooling tower is wrapped by a large metal screen that overlaps with the building, uniting the overall composition.


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