Answering a critical need of local business leaders for technical training programs, as well as supporting Michigan’s automotive industry, Macomb Community College built a technical educational center on the grounds of a former tank plant in Warren. The 45-foot lighted glass and steel tower at the building entrance symbolizes the significance of this facility to COST PER SQ FT$109.77FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized community.
The building has a variety of spaces created on a modular grid, allowing instructors maximum flexibility to customize training for local industry leaders and their employees. The program identified a critical need for high-bay space to accommodate any mix of heavy machinery, robotics equipment or other technical equipment, and allow the floor to be adapted as changing industry dictates. Utilities are fed from the ceiling to enhance flexibility. In addition, clean lab spaces for robotics, telecommunications and other computerized training were important requirements. These spaces are interchangeable in the learning process, and the design allows for classrooms to line the high-bay space, with windows looking out onto it.
Accentuating the college’s desire to showcase this facility as its high-tech training center is the sweeping steel entrance canopy; steel skin, structure and exposed ductwork; and the glass-enclosed computer lab. Even the office furniture features perforated metal and glass panels to heighten this feeling.