Manatee Community College, Professional Development Center

Bradenton, Florida

The Professional Development Center (PDC) was conceived as a community learning center for advancing the technology skills of at-work professionals. This community building also was to be an Enhanced Hurricane Shelter, meeting the 180-mph windcode requirements. But the most important design criteria for this project was speed.

Over a three-day period from short-list ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$106.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio presentation, the design-build team crafted a high-technology learning environment with a nine-month turnkey schedule. The design integrates the campus’ varied architectural styles, incorporating the MCC trademark brick and blue roof. It showcases distance-learning rooms, computer labs, indirect lighting and access flooring. A curved, two-story glazed entry contains the main stairway/elevator core and provides daylight deep into the building.

The design team provided accelerated design, production and reviews with a committed partnering attitude. The team’s determination persisted over compressed scheduling, tight budgets, and challenging soil and weather conditions. The building was presented within budget and in time for the inaugural class of January 2003.