The Ray Bateman Center for Student Life and Leadership
The Ray Bateman Center for Student Life and Leadership will be home to flexible learning spaces where students can participate in collaborative learning, information sharing and leadership activities. Resulting from the way information is delivered and the new way students and faculty interact, new learning spaces are required to support this new pedagogy. The design of the Center will encourage and support out-of-classroom learning, as “fixed learning spaces” such as libraries and computer labs become “virtual.” The Center will house the Student Government Association and RVCC’s honor societies as well as associated student clubs and student support administration. The building will transform to adapt to a wide range of learning spaces.
The overall design concept reflects a strong commitment to the environment and a determination to be flexible in response to changing student needs. The project will incorporate a number of specific elements to ensure LEED Silver certification – energy efficiency, extensive exterior glass to promote day lighting, predominant use of natural materials from local sources and responsible construction methods.
The first floor will be a flexible office area, highlighted by a two-story atrium that will provide interesting seating areas as well as a vegetation wall to improve the indoor environment. The second floor networking area will contain several different seating areas to support collaborative learning and multiple computer stations to access the College portal, augmenting the fully integrated wireless network environment. The third-floor conference room will rise above the Physical Education Building roofline and will be able to be partitioned into two separate large meeting rooms for concurrent use. This will afford space for lectures and speakers’ series, films and presentations that current facilities cannot accommodate. On the outside of the ground floor a large plaza will be created to better connect the Ray Bateman Center for Student Life and Leadership with the Whitman Science and Physical Education buildings.