Technology is changing so rapidly that during the time it takes to plan a major educational building, most traditional buildings are already out of date. Mott Community College (MCC) required a facility that would help it meet the Flint region’s need for a highly skilled workforce. The new 180,000-square-foot Regional Technology Center (RTC) is a pioneer in the ASSOCIATED FIRMRiemenschneider Design AssociatesCAPACITY1,425COST PER SQ FT$178.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2003 Educational Interiors2003 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYVocational/Industrial arts of technical educational facilities. The RTC is a well-thought-out execution of design and flexible high-tech function that allows MCC to adapt to new training techniques for emerging technologies.
While melding with existing campus architecture, the RTC manifests an aura of technical innovation and celebrates the spirit of its mission. Described as “art deco-meets-the-Jetsons,” the design was achieved by using glass facades, scored ground-face block, a three-story atrium with handcrafted cement floor, aluminum panels, flowing waves of perforated metal, futuristic sculptural furnishings and art, and splashes of bold color.
The RTC has become a premier training facility that provides a broad range of technology-driven educational programs to individuals and corporations in Flint and the surrounding region. Its successful design provides multiple training scenarios to help ensure that a regional workforce can compete in the global economy.
The design provided for an open-technology infrastructure to accommodate next-generation training needs. The building is equipped with the latest technology, from a two-way teleconference auditorium, to “smart” interactive classrooms, to individual workstations that integrate with the MCC campus and building network to form a seamless information exchange.
The intrinsic and economic value of the RTC’s design emphasizes the importance of flexibility and creates a powerful link between education and employers. With the RTC’s remarkable ability to innovate, adapt and evolve, it has changed the way the architect designs educational facilities for training.
"Wonderful color, lighting, materials and feeling of technology."—2003 jury