The original sprawling, mostly one-story technical college was shaped by double-loaded corridor additions over the course of 40 years, but it lacked hierarchy, a central public space and connections with the outdoors.
The new addition establishes a visible and welcoming “front” to the expansive college. The long, high entry canopy extends the building into COST PER SQ FT$164.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio landscape, capturing outdoor public space. It also forms a courtyard that contributes a sense of “campus.” The lobby is a two-story volume filled with natural light. It creates a center for community and college identity, as well as a place to access student services.
The building is designed to enhance the partnership between the St. Cloud Technical College and Minnesota Workforce Center. The 43,000-square-foot, two-story addition connects to the original 1970s main campus building. Spaces for student services include registration, admissions, financial services and business offices. Additionally, the new expansion houses the technology center, which includes several state-of-the-art technology/smart classrooms, the ITV Center and science classrooms.
The renovated space is about 44,000 square feet situated on two floors to accommodate the office needs of the Workforce Center, along with a new multipurpose meeting hall, conference rooms and library. The Workforce Center assists the community and graduates of programs at St. Cloud Tech with job placement. The architect designed the space to fit four major partners who all have played a role in the design of the newly renovated and expanded space. These partners include the Department of Rehabilitative Services, services for the blind, job services and the Stearns/Benton Employment & Training Council.