This project for Central Piedmont Community College’s Cato Campus included renovations to the existing two-story building, a 50,000-square-foot classroom addition, and an expansion to the existing horticulture building.
The addition complements the architecture of the main building through materials and form, creating a seamless integration. It also capitalizes on ASSOCIATED FIRMNeighboring ConceptsCOST PER SQ FT$158.04FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio topography, creating a lower-level entry from a new parking area to the north.
A glass- and wood-encased three-story stair anchors the internal organization of the building, bringing students to the center. The central core is highlighted by a circular, two-story volume and recalls the central dome-covered space in the original building.
In an attempt to further promote a sense of community, the design includes a variety of places that provide opportunities for informal social interaction. Soft seating, tables and window seats are dispersed on all floors of the building.
The building is steel frame with brick and cast-stone veneer. The heating and cooling is served primarily by the original building mechanical room and equipment.