The new Advanced Technology Center at Blue Ridge Community College is a two-story, light-filled instructional space that incorporates a modest entry plaza, two-story lobby and a two-story atrium with skylights that run the length of the building. The project is pending LEED gold certification, and was designed to fulfill the growing demand CAPACITY368COST PER SQ FT$230.32FEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio technology- related curriculums on campus.
The facility has large-format classrooms; instructional labs, including physics, manufacturing, drafting, engineering, electronics and computer repair; associated prep rooms; and faculty offices. The labs will house high-tech equipment and machinery, and integrate instructional technology to create a state-of-the art learning environment.
The building architecture acknowledges the majority of existing vernacular buildings on campus and employs an exterior of beige brick, aluminum composite metal panel, curtainwall and storefront glazing elements. The skylight running the length of the building enables natural light to filter down through a series of openings in the second floor and illuminate the corridor, thus spilling through the interior storefront and into the large classroom volumes on both levels.