Three Rivers Community College’s expansions over the past several decades have created a campus with buildings that clash aesthetically. The campus is on hilly ground, and the college preserved one wooded ridge for a special building that should unify the campus.
The Three Rivers Community College Foundation received funding to build a center for computer and CAPACITY367COST PER SQ FT$118.40FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio facilities with student labs and teleconferencing classrooms. The architect responded with a facility that contrasts a sweeping circular entrance with an ornamental facade, tying together a wide range of building materials and forms used throughout the campus.
The ridge-top E.K. Porter Distance Learning Center serves as a beacon for people visiting the campus. Its steel frame employs ornamented face brick, sheet metal copings, scuppers and downspouts, exposed structural steel, glass and glass block, creating an aesthetic that fuses together the surrounding buildings on campus. The zoned mechanical system provides comfort in spaces with varying occupancies, orientations and equipment heat loads.