The 37,000-square-foot bookstore and 6,700-square-foot Graduate Student Commons and plaza at University of California, Santa Cruz create a focal point for student activities in a decentralized campus. The buildings house a bookstore, offices, conference rooms, private study rooms, lounges with fireplaces, and a restaurant/café, equipped to create an indoor/outdoor space. Both buildings are clad in a combination of corrugated metal siding and cement plaster with a standing seam metal roof. Strategically placed operable aluminum windows capture surrounding views. As the university does not allow air-conditioning, a variety of strategies were used to cool the buildings including sunshades, heat mirror glass, night-time ventilation, and thermal mass.