The project transformed an existing structure (formerly a hospital) into a new Higher Education Center. The program includes instructional and student-support services, along with district administrative offices. The building consists of classrooms, computer laboratories, culinary arts, child-development center, bookstore, reprographics, warehouse, COST PER SQ FT$144.78FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation room, boardroom, conference rooms and district offices. Three floors house district staff, and three floors house instructional areas.
The objectives were:
-Design, construction and installation of a stand-alone full-service college facility in a vacant 11-story hospital building.
-Fast-track 18-month schedule from conceptualization through occupancy.
-A program that encompasses a wide range of diverse functions.
The challenges included:
-Enormous building of more than 214,000 square feet.
-Design-build condition, starting with programming and ending with furniture installation.
-Extensive team planning and collaboration occurred among school officials, architects, interior designers, furniture manufacturers and dealers, engineers, contractor and subcontractors.
-Furniture systems programming and specification occurred simultaneously with construction, responding to inquiries from more than 200 users.