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The 48,000 sf Foothill College Library is central to the original campus designed by Ernest Kump in 1960. The building had since undergone minor improvements and a 10,300 sf addition in 1991. Ratcliff was engaged at the programming phase to work with administration, faculty, staff and students to develop a vision for the future of the library as a modern learning resource center. Through a series of user interviews and workshops, we developed a comprehensive project program and tested various planning diagrams to confirm function, adjacencies, and flow. The primary driver for this renovation was to reconceive the library for the next generation of students, digital natives with multiple modes of studying, researching and learning. The 1960’s building and to a lesser extent the 1991 addition required extensive infrastructure upgrades to support new technology and create diverse student learning spaces. Moreover, this project offered an opportunity to create a new “campus living room,” a renewed campus nexus that students can claim as their own.


Los Altos Hills, CA


48,000 SF


  • Design Bid Build


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Planning
  • Programming
  • Renovation