College of Marin

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Gateway Complex Competition

Marin Community College District | Marin, CA

In 2009 QKA was selected as a key finalist in the College of Marin’s Gateway Complex design competition.  After an initial pre-submittal meeting attended by over 100 design professionals, the College received 29 responses and selected eight firms to proceed to an interview. As one of eight firms invited to interview, QKA was then shortlisted as a finalist and proceeded to the design charette competition.  This culminated in a presentation to the College of Marin Board of Trustees.  With the site for the new Gateway Complex on a nondescript street corner, QKA’s design created a sense of entry for the College of Marin that paid homage to the historic materials of the college’s existing buildings while creating a new, modern, glass filled building entry that functions as a defining element for the College.