Vandalia Education Center, Kaskaskia College

Vandalia, IL

Noted as the first LEED Certified Community College project in the State of Illinois, this space attracts visitors to its main entrance with a large expanse of glass complete with brick and stone and covered with an overhanging porch. The open lobby is bathed in light from the pyramid-shaped skylight above and includes an open office suite that overlooks an open study area and lounge below. The two-story space becomes a collaborative gathering area for faculty, staff, and students in a plush environment complete with vending, wireless access, and upholstered furniture. To expand its community usability, the three main classrooms have operable walls that can be opened up to one large conference space.