Light, air, and shade

Bakersfield College

IBI Group Architects
HAVER Architectural Mesh


California’s Bakersfield College was founded in 1931, and it is one of the oldest colleges of the United States in which teaching has been continuous. More than 20,000 students are being educated on the 62-hectar main campus in the northeast of Bakersfield.

The college had its 2,800-square-metre auditorium refurbished through a community bond programme.

IBI Group Architecture Planning was tasked with redesigning the entire site and turning it into a centre of performing arts. The work involved a redesign of the entrance, reception, and study rooms, as well as the 450 theatre seats.

HAVER Architectural Mesh was used for the shading.

The task

The amphitheatre of Bakersfield College is obviously outside, with the stage being roofed. Shading constructions were required to guarantee an unobstructed view of the stage.

IBI Group therefore had to find a durable material for shading that would resist weather impact, guarantee maximum air circulation, and, of course, offer good sun protection.

The solution

From a design and functional point of view it soon became clear that the LARGO PLENUS 2027 stainless steel mesh would be the best solution for Bakersfield College. The HAVER architectural mesh achieves the desired visual shielding, offers efficient air circulation, and, with an open area of 25%, guarantees effective sun protection during performances at the amphitheatre. Furthermore, the wire mesh construction is made of durable, low-maintenance stainless steel that can easily be cleaned and maintained.

The stainless-steel mesh elements were produced especially for Bakersfield College. Each one of the twelve mesh panels features a fastening system consisting of a clamping edge, clevis screw, and a pressure spring, and each panel was laid via three to four deflections, so that the mesh does not frame the stage vertically but with a slight curvature.

The result

The cooperation between the college staff, IBI Group Architects, and the Haver & Boecker team was excellent.

The project was a great success, and it has been awarded the California CCFC 2015 Award of Honor (Community College Facility Coalition).

We did this.

Companies involved & Links


Bakersfield College
Panorama Campus (Main)
1801 Panorama Drive
USA – Bakersfield, CA 93305

Sun protection

Haver & Boecker
Die Drahtweber
Ennigerloher Straße 64
D – 59302 Oelde


Panorama Campus (Main)
1801 Panorama Drive
USA – Bakersfield, CA 93305


IBI Group Architecture Planning


Ulrike Zornow
Haver & Boecker


California CCFC 2015 Award of Honor




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