The LEED Platinum campus expansion for Otis College of Art and Design includes 91,000 sq. ft. of new building construction and 7,500 sq. ft. of landscape design, to establish a greater institutional identity for the College. It provides more campus life and a stronger creative culture for its students by creating a physical environment that reaffirms the College’s pedagogical vision.

Construction included a 6-story dormitory with 4 floors of student housing over a food service facility and library, linked to a four-story academic wing that houses the student union and resource center on its ground floor. Upper levels consist entirely of academic space that are subdivided into classrooms, studios and labs. The low-rise structure is divided into separate residential and academic wings, linked together by a 300-seat auditorium at ground level. The residential wing consists of four levels of student housing above dining facilities and the main library. Rooms consist of an assortment of four-person suites, featuring double bedrooms, a common living room and private bathrooms. The suites provide housing for up to 234 students, supplemented by additional living quarters for four resident advisors, an artist in residence, and a resident director. DPR also constructed a new 5,000 sq. ft. wood and metal shop building. Otis will relocate their existing shop to this location. In addition, we relocated existing underground water and power services and brought in new power as part of the make-ready scope.

BIM Features

  • MEP Coordination
  • Clash Detection


  • Southern California Development Forum Design Award Winner in Education (2017)
    Southern California Development Forum
  • SCUP Excellence Awards (2017)
    The Society for College and University Planning

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