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SCU Arts and Sciences Building wins design award

SANTA CLARA, Jan.5, 2000 -- American School & University magazine has recognized Santa Clara University's Arts and Sciences Building, which opened to classes in January 1999, as an "Outstanding Design" among U.S. colleges and universities.

The magazine annually recognizes outstanding designs in primary and secondary school buildings and at post-secondary schools.

Winners receive a plaque, and the photographs of the buildings were published in the November 1999 issue and on the magazine's Web site.

The $10 million building is the home of SCU's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the office of the College of Arts and Sciences and the departments of communication and political science. It also houses the new Wiegand teleconferencing center and new state-of-the-art television studio and editing facilities.

"With the importance of its location and to set the tone for future campus development, the new building successfully captures the historic character of the existing campus and its 'California Mission' heritage," the magazine said. "The new center firmly establishes to new visitors the image of Santa Clara University as it moves into the future."

Located on Palm Drive near the University's entrance, the building was designed by Peter Saitta, AIA, when he was associated with HMC Associates of San Jose.

The SCU building was one of 32 colleges named as "Outstanding Designs" by the magazine.


For more information about the award, see, go to the Architectural Portfolio Competition, Citations for Outstanding Designs, and select For information about Santa Clara University, see, call Barry Holtzclaw at (408) 554-5126 or e-mail:

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