The Technology Center is an addition to an existing, three-floor, U-shaped building on the campus of Northern State University (NSU) in Aberdeen, S.D. The addition, situated at the end of the formal campus quadrangle, provides both literal and mission-based focus for the university.
Administrators wanted the new facility to reflect the campus’ changing mission. NSU COST PER SQ FT$132.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio was a teacher’s college. Now, the technology center sends instruction to schools throughout the state via electronic classrooms. The main program goal was to enhance learning with “smart” classrooms, technology fellow and faculty offices, student technology support and computer repair facilities, broadcast and recording studios, laboratories, and testing and software support areas. One of the challenges was keeping the new floor plates as thin as possible to match the existing building’s floor-to-floor heights, allowing adequate space for exposed systems. Interior classrooms and offices receive daylight from high ribbon-glass in the feature wall adjacent to the corridor and curtainwall.
This addition provides the campus with a strong focus and positions the university as a regional leader in technology education.