McClellan Ranch Preserve Environmental Education Center
The McClellan Ranch Preserve is located on a ranch dating back to the 1870s that has become a park hosting the City of Cupertino’s environmental education programs. Students gather at the new Environmental Education Center before heading out to the 18 acre park to observe, gather data, and perform experiments.
The new Education Center houses classrooms, exhibits, a library and offices designed to work in concert with the sites historic buildings to shape an outdoor activity for large groups. The building connects directly with the farm setting and careful attention was paid to the unique location and presence of birds living on the preserve. Marvin partnered with Siegel & Strain Architects to specify patterned bird-safe glass for the windows to prevent collision.
Siegel & Strain Architects was recognized as the winner of “Best Commercial” project in Marvin Architects Challenge 2017. The jury praised Siegel and the design team for the careful thought that went into designing the Education Center so that it fit seamlessly not only into its environment, but complemented the historic buildings already there. The design choices, evident in material selection, colors, and form skillfully connect the new Environmental Education Center to the site. “The expression of the wood rafter tails and patio cover construction is incorporated at the interior by the use of complementary wood windows and doors making this building a clear winner.”