Metro Technology Centers wanted a facility to encourage learning among students who are in dropout recovery, at-risk status or alternative education. It also wanted a green building. The result, Metro Career Academy, is among the first education institutions in Oklahoma City to attempt LEED certification and is under evaluation for COST PER SQ FT$210.16FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized rating.
Metro Technology Centers wanted to educate students about the various systems that are integrated into this school. The solution was to create transparent wall openings in different areas of the building to show electrical and plumbing elements. Structural and mechanical elements were left exposed for a better understanding of the building components.
Innovative learning features include a green roof; the solar system etched into a "learning pit;" a student store where students sell their products and display their creations; rainwater- harvesting cistern; information kiosks that show the functioning of the geothermal wells and other environmental data. The building envelope is "outsulation" exterior insulation and finishing system (EIFS), where the insulating foam is outside the stud wall, which precludes the need for additional insulation.