Project Description / OverviewThe Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is a 169,000 sq. ft., LEED Silver, academic and administration, 5-story building, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects. CMC's goals for the new Kravis Center included functionality, flexibility, and sustainability, while seamlessly integrating the site's existing low rise structures. NYA accomplished this by utilizing a mixture of structural systems to create a layered building with staggered cantilevers, outdoor planted terraces, and open-air breezeways, with minimal constraints on the interior programmed spaces.
The CMC campus lies immediately adjacent (within 5 miles) to several significant fault traces. Consequently the high ground motions for the site required a highly ductile seismic system that was also stiff enough to facilitate a significant amount of glass walls at the exterior envelope and interior stairwells. Special reinforced concrete bearing walls with ductile detailing at the confined boundaries and coupling beams were used which provided the necessary stiffness as well as seismic energy dissipation.