Media and Learning Center north entrance

Media & Learning Center

A  Green Building for Our Green Community

The Media & Learning Center (MLC) — our newest green building on the De Anza campus — provides flexible general purpose classrooms and labs for instructional space, with academic capacity for anthropology, sociology and world languages.

Media and Learning CenterThe building also houses offices for Distance Learning, Staff and Organizational Development, and the Technology Resources Group, including our broadcast media film and TV studio.

The MLC was designed to meet platinum rating based on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, the highest rating for an energy efficient, green building. 

Primary Energy Design Goals

  1. Maximize the use of on-site environmental energies.
  2. Minimize the use of "purchased" energy originating exterior to the site.
  3. Assure thermal and visual comfort.
  4. Support the flexibility of use of classroom, laboratory and conference spaces.
  5. Minimize the environmental emissions caused by the manufacture of construction materials, actual construction, and lifetime use of the building.

Green Building Features

  • Rooftop Photovoltaic panels for electrical generation
  • Rooftop solar hot water panels for building use
  • Buoyancy driven ventilation
  • Raised floor for gentle air distribution and flexibility
  • Hi-performance skylight
  • Clerestory windows
  • Natural daylight
  • Orientation and layout for energy efficiency and passive solar benefits
  • Water conservation and water runoff control
  • Radiant heating in the lobby/atrium floor
  • Native and low water usage species landscaping design

Facility Layout and Highlights

  • Two-story building with central atrium
  • Two Large Mediated Learning Classrooms (100 students each)
  • Eleven Mediated Learning Classrooms (40 or 50 students each)
  • Study Tutorial Areas and Student Learning Resource Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Technology Resources Group
  • Distance Learning
  • Staff and Organizational Development
  • TV Studio
  • Outdoor Study Area

The MLC project was funded through the Measure C Bond Program.

Please check back to this website as we add more detailed information about the features of the building.

Also learn about the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies, opened to students in September 2005. It was the first community college LEED platinum building in the nation, and serves as the lead demonstration building for energy innovation and sustainability in the California Community College system.



Media & Learning Center
Building: MLC
Contact: Donna Jones Dulin
Phone: 408.864.8209
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Last Updated: 11/26/12