JHW Architects is very proud of this successful collaboration with Hart
Howerton Architects, Structural Engineer Jeff Stiles, Mechanical Engineers
List Engineering, Electrical Engineers Aurum Consulting and Contractor
Daniels and House.
The design of the Samson Student Center developed
from three factors:
First, a Campus Masterplan Update by Hart Howerton
Architects focused on this location as a hub and
passage for all faculty and students in their travels
around the campus.
Second, given the chosen location in the historic
area of Monterey, was the proximity of the Lara Soto
Adobe and the Administration Building, which is the
original 1910 Monterey Library Building designed
by W.H. Weeks. These elements led to a desire to
integrate the design with an early Monterey concept.
Third, MIIS benefactor Joseph Samson donated the
funds to create a memorial student union to provide
a friendly, warm gathering place for student/faculty
Samson Center was developed as one of the first
Green Buildings on the Monterey Peninsula following
the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) Program, and combines the Meeting/Dining
Hall, Media/Reading Room with a courtyard that connects
the complex while providing a functional, open space.