Rio Hondo Community College

Campus Master Plan

Whittier, California

Working closely with campus-wide administrators, faculty and students, we developed a long range vision for the future of Rio Hondo Community College, designed to respond to the projected growth in enrollment over the next ten years. Key elements of the plan included the siting of a Learning Resource Center/Library; Student Center; Administration of Justice center; and two new academic buildings, as well as the incorporation of new technologies, upgrading building systems and code improvements; location of proposed parking garages and a new perimeter entry road with turn-arounds and drop-offs. The plan and its associated design guidelines address building locations, setbacks, massing, architectural features, building materials, color palette, landscape material, exterior lighting and signage, transforming the campus as it implements over $300 million in bond-funded improvements. We also developed a detailed phasing plan illustrating how changes can be made incrementally while minimizing disruption to ongoing activities.

Project Data

188 acres


Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates
MEP: IBE Consulting Engineers
Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Acoustics: Rothermel + Associates

Program & Highlights

Learning Resource Center/Library
Student center
Administration of justice center
Academic buildings

Site Plan