Dallas College Brookhaven College Early College Center
Founded in 1978, the Brookhaven Campus is one of the seven colleges of Dallas College, formerly Dallas County Community College District. The Early College High School (Early College Center) at Brookhaven College is part of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch (CFBISD) and Dallas Independent School District (DISD). The mission of the ECC is to graduate globally-minded citizens that are competently and confidently prepared to complete a four-year university program and who can positively lead and democratically serve their local communities.
Glenn|Partners designed the ECC to act as a pathway to college by integrating and strengthening existing pedestrian pathways with the new ECC building. The ECC also serves as a haven for students visiting campus from multiple home districts and offers a place to meet with teachers, study, collaborate, and grab a bite to eat when not attending a college course on campus. As the pathways engage the ECC they become physical objects to shape outdoor seating, collaboration, dining, and classroom spaces shielded from sun and rain by native landscape and building canopies. The ECC consists of administrative spaces for each school district, future ready core classrooms designed for collaborative / flexible furniture systems, physics, biology, and chemistry labs, and a digital media lab. These spaces are all designed around a flexible and transparent multi-purpose space that serves as a hub for dining, collaborative group projects, rainy day physical education, and lectures. The ECC blends traditional campus materials of brick and glass with new materials like durable concrete walls that shape the outdoor spaces and metal window fins that allow the corridor and public spaces to be transparent and optimized for solar efficiency.