Minnesota State College and Universities, UAW/Ford MnSCU Training Center

Saint Paul, Minnesota

The UAW/Ford/MnSCU Training Center is the result of a unique collaboration between the UAW/Ford Motor Company, the Minnesota State College and Universities System, and the State of Minnesota Department of Administration. The new Ford facility is an addition to the Ford Motor Company’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant in Saint Paul and was designed to better serve the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY695COST PER SQ FT$118.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized needs of Ford Motor Company employees and State College and University students.

The facility includes interactive, computer-based, software and satellite learning; apprenticeable industrial-trades training; and a fully functional robot cell with peripherals to simulate automation systems; programming; and real-life troubleshooting environments that are hands-on learning labs and shops. Building spaces include an auditorium, the UAW-Ford Skills Enhancement Center, robot demonstration lab, electronics lab, three computer labs, three technical training labs, a machine shop, woodworking shop, auto diagnostic bay, paint repair bay, eight classrooms, a student lounge and offices.

The project is a model of a high-technology training facility.