Community College of Beaver County, Campus Renovation

Monaca, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM

    DRS Architects, Inc.

  • CLIENT

    The Community College of Beaver County

  • AREA

    214,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $21,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    4/2010

Based on a creative master plan, the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) began an ambitious renovation process that touched the entire campus: eight existing buildings, one new maintenance facility, ball fields, parking and pedestrian circulation.

Constructed in 1971, the existing buildings and their systems were outdated ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$98.00FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation out of compliance with current codes and standards. Renovations were required to improve the infrastructure, accommodate new teaching methods and attract future students.

Some of the notable changes to the campus:

•A First Stop for students to investigate programs, register for classes and research financial aid opportunities in one location.

•A student recreation area and cafe with plenty of seating that connect visually to the new campus quad.

•High-tech laboratories, including chemistry, physics, biology, phlebotomy and nursing.

•New quiet study lounges throughout the campus.

•Administrative and faculty offices dispersed to improve interaction with students.

•A new facilities-management building constructed to house receiving, storage and equipment.

•Improved landscaping, lighting, parking and pedestrian walkways throughout the campus.

One major opportunity was the renovation of Building 4, the Sciences Building. With a year-round class schedule, construction phasing was required. Existing labs were moved to the upper floor, easing the exhaust and piping runs. New construction provided additional faculty offices, and classrooms were right-sized. Computer labs were improved, and the Cisco training area was updated. New student lounges were created with views to the wooded site.

Another major opportunity was Building 1, the Student Services Building—typically the student’s first encounter with the campus. The entry focuses on the information and registration center, which is ready to answer a new student’s first questions. Opening to upgraded dining and recreation areas, these light-filled areas give students plenty of places to interact, study and relax.