FLABOB / WATHEN EDUCATION CENTER | Riverside, CA
The Wathen Education Center for Aviation Studies and Entrepreneurship at historic Flabob Airport gives students a chance to follow their passion for aviation – through a rigorous, focused educational program. The Center integrates technical training and academics, preparing students for higher education and providing entrepreneurial opportunities via the surrounding business park and airport operations. The Center brings together college / high school learning activities with business, educational, and cultural facilities. The Center will include, through phased development: high school facilities for 400 students, and a Museum and Library (housing an extensive collection of aviation texts). The building aesthetic was inspired by the architecture of the early 1900’s – the Golden Age of Aviation. The central Multipurpose Hangar is the heart of the school, functioning as lecture hall, student project area, museum, and special events space. The south wall of the Hangar opens up to provide access to the Airport, general hangar area, and taxi-ways.
Program: Master Plan, Educational Planning