Claremont McKenna College Athenaeum

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum was conceived as a place where students and faculty could gather for intellectual discourse in an intimate and relaxed setting and integrate their academic and social lives.

ARC was tapped to design an MEP system as part of a major upgrade to a classic and beloved building.

New AV systems were installed as well as new lighting and associated controls.

One unique feature of this project was that existing drawings were very scarce – there was scant documentation of the systems and, consequently ARC had to understand and reconstruct these existing systems from a visual perspective. There was also the challenge of interfacing and integrating with the existing structure.

Everything ARC did was to complement the architectural design. ARC is very proud of how the building looks, and how they managed to expose and support the charm of the underlying physical assets. As a result of the extensive due diligence executed ahead of time, there were not a lot of surprises: ARC’s pro-active efforts really paid off.