The college needed a large-group meeting space to serve the college and community. Local businesses reserve the various meeting spaces for seminars and employee training, and the college uses it for in-service training as well as all-campus meetings.
When the college moved its automotive program from one of the main CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$154.00FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYCommunity Center/Joint Use buildings, the vacated space became available for renovation. The program included a 600-person banquet hall that can be divided into six training rooms, a breakout area, administrative offices and several smaller conference rooms. All of these rooms are equipped with overhead projectors, wireless Internet and a new audio system. Interior finishes include cherry trim and paneling and polished brass hardware to put it a notch above competing conference centers.
Several building additions also were part of the project. These include a new entry/lobby, toilet rooms and a fully equipped servery capable of providing gourmet meals. The entry addition is at the focal point of the new pedestrian courtyard, which links several campus buildings. The result is a facility that serves the needs of the campus and community with a location that encourages students and the public to interact. The project has distinguished itself as the first LEED silver facility in the La Crosse area.