Western Campus STEM/IT Addition & Student Learning Space
Cuyahoga Community College
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Tri-C needed to upgrade and expand their science facilities to accommodate steady growth in their STEM curriculum. Important to the College was a design solution that embraced sustainability without pursuing LEED certification. The College was interested in providing enhanced academic offerings as means of workforce development and local-industry collaboration. Aesthetically it was important to tie this building expansion within the context of the existing building and campus.
A 63,000 GSF addition and 21,600 GSF back fill renovation provides the College a facility that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration by means of co-locating the Sciences labs. The Workforce Labs concentrate new facility offerings to both Degree and Certification needs by students and local industry. Workforce training incorporates instructional and applied cohort classroom and mechatronics units, and includes a state-of-the-art Maker Lab. Addition of Natatorium locker rooms provide direct access to the campus’ 25M pool.
The programmed solution resulted in a welcoming environment for each discipline through re-imagining for multiple-academic divisions. The configuration promotes the exploration of inter-disciplinary collaboration. Early indications are that the College / Industry partnerships will flourish through fulfillment of the College’s responsibility to Students and Industry by enhancing academic and Workforce Certification-Training offerings.