Center Grove I3 Technology Center
Associated firms: WSI Engineering, Civil Engineering; Innovative Engineer, LLC (Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical); Matthew Holbrook, Structural Engineering, Inc.
Center Grove Community School Corporation (CGCSC) made a commitment in late 2013 to build a first-class technology facility that addressed ongoing needs and expanded its award-winning COST PER SQ FT$171.00FEATURED IN2016 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYTechnology Centers department.
The CGCSC has repurposed an existing storage facility at the southeast edge of the main campus. The facility serves the changing needs of a department that is transitioning from a “break-fix” shop to one that provides Instructional, Informational and Innovative (I3T) technology.
The building has a large formal instructional conference room capable of accommodating 30 to 80 people; eight formal offices; and 12 open workstations.
On occasion, the building will be partitioned; a formal public conferencing center will be at one end near the main entry, and a boisterous, “all-hands-on-deck” device deployment processing center will be at the opposite end. In between are offices, collaboration spaces, and intentional nodes and enclaves to promote creativity and interaction.
The layout incorporates a unifying, curving wall and a “Center Grove Red” ceiling bulkhead element that doubles as a wayfinding device. The layout includes numerous types of workstations, including treadmill, lounge, standing, and traditional.
To provide acoustic separation without sacrificing daylighting, a glass overhead garage door was installed between the deployment area and the office/collaboration spaces.
Interior finishes include exposed ceilings that highlight the department’s own cabling work, along with warm wood accents and bold accent colors. North-facing windows provide soft lighting that bounces off curved walls and penetrates deep into inner office spaces.
The I3T Center stands as a symbol of Center Grove’s commitment to providing students with an Exceptional Educational Experience.