Way Above Par!
Tiger Woods Learning Center
Everything about the Tiger Woods Learning Center is way above par — from its founder’s commitment to the facility’s mission, to the center itself, housed in a 35,000 square-foot educational complex. Mr. Woods established the center in 2006 to get students thinking about education and their futures. Today, several thousand students use the learning center, which has a day program for grades 4 to 6 and an after-school program for grades 7 to 12. There are also summer, weekend, community outreach online learning programs.
The center features extensive multi-media facilities and an outdoor golf instruction area. It offers courses that focus on careers in math, science, technology and language arts.
And talk about star power! Former President Bill Clinton and then-First Lady of California Maria Shriver were there for the opening ceremony in February 2006!
The client was the Tiger Woods Foundation.
The objectives were to not only brand the building as a respected institution but also to recognize its benefactors and donors, allow for additional gifts to be listed over the years, meet all ADA and building code requirements, create an effective system for student drop-off and vendor deliveries and, most important of all, create a positive environment in which learning and fun co-existed.
The team consisted of Langdon Wilson Architecture & Planning, Jin Choi Thatcher, the Tiger Woods Foundation, Weidner Architectural Signage, and Ross Luthin Creative.
Challenges included a compressed timeline, a relatively tight budget, finding consensus in a committee review process, and making the signage fun (but not collectible!) for the kids. Solutions included the use of glass, gold leaf, acrylic, frosted vinyl and for the exterior, fabricated aluminum sign panels.
Working in a Design/Build capacity, the team at Weidner brought a thorough understanding to successfully solving our complex issues of schedule, budget, design, and project management. The approach Weidner offered was truly turn-key: as soon as we gave the company the go-ahead, we never looked back.
Jin Choi-Thatcher, Tiger Woods Foundation
Tiger Woods Learning Center – Anaheim, CA
Tiger Woods Foundation
Langdon Wilson Architecture & Planning
Ross Luthin Creative
Weidner Architectural Signage