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Malibu Campus Renovations Bring Beauty, Technology, Sustainability
Pepperdine University students returned to the Malibu campus this fall to find a recently completed 16-month-long central campus renovation project. On Saturday, Sept. 12 the campus community will dedicate the completion of the project, which includes major renovations to existing facilities and the addition of new classrooms and outdoor gathering areas.
In beautifying Seaver College's central campus area and student facilities, a total of 176,138 sq. ft. of space was renovated, enhanced, or newly built. In total, 45,970 sq. ft. of interior renovations were made to facilities housing classrooms, labs and faculty offices. In addition to Joslyn Plaza, the central outdoor community space that has been transformed into an elegant, peaceful gathering place, the project also added 8,634 sq. ft. of interior space with the construction of the Plaza classrooms and 500 sq. ft. with the expansion and upgrade of Elkins Auditorium, the largest lecture hall at Seaver College.
Highlights of the Elkins Auditorium expansion include state-of-the-art audio-visual teaching technologies such as interactive distance learning, digital movie screening, and broadcasting capabilities. With an increased capacity from 300 to approximately 400, the University community will be able to attend major lectures as well as benefitting from a new 4K Digital Cinema projector that is capable of reproducing both 35 mm and 70 mm film projection. With the creation of the Plaza Classrooms facility, the new 8,634 sq. ft. facility added four classrooms, three tiered lecture halls, and a suite of offices. Unique features of the facility include embedding the building into the slope facing Joslyn Plaza to allow for natural energy conservation and to enhance central campus ambiance and coordinate with design of the future Town Square.
Complete renovations were also made to the Appleby Center and Rockwell Academic Center to restructure the internal space plan addressing current needs for increased classroom size, the addition of classrooms and faculty offices, and updates in audio-visual systems and technology infrastructure. In addition, a high-tech growth chamber was added for Natural Science students to allow students the opportunity to observe plant growth and the resulting effects.
The central campus Plaza community spaces underwent renovations to beautify the outdoor areas while also offering a functional place for events and gatherings. With 64,000 sq. ft. of exterior renovations and enhancement, six distinctive outdoor locations were created in order to enrich community. These areas include two seating areas atop of the Plaza Classrooms facility, Appleby Center Terrace, Tyler Campus Center Terrace, a courtyard garden, and Joslyn Plaza. The renovated areas incorporate unique design elements including an up-lighted cross tower and garden reflecting the University’s mission, shade structures, landscaping, water features, lighting, outdoor sound system, and strategically located utility connections for outdoor events.
“We brought a new level of intentionality to the design, desiring to communicate through the space something about Pepperdine’s identity," said Phil E. Phillips, CEO of Pepperdine University. “We formed an internal design team to direct our consultant designers so that the result reflects the University. We needed to ensure that the spaces function as our students, faculty, and staff need them to function, but we also wanted to go beyond functionality to aesthetics and the way our community experiences the space.”
Throughout construction, the University demonstrated its commitment to sustainable practices as much of the construction and renovations included sustainable “LEED” building components. These range from post-consumer recycled materials selections to a computer-based energy management system controlling indoor lighting, heating and cooling, reducing overall energy consumption. Indoor motion detectors, low-power consumption LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), and additional lighting applications were used to further reduce energy usage.
For more information, contact Molly Drobnick at (310) 506-6586.