Canadian Valley Technology Center, New El Reno Campus

El Reno, Oklahoma

  • FIRM

    MA+ Architecture

  • CLIENT

    Canadian Valley Technology Center

  • AREA

    230,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $43,257,181.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    12/2016

On May 31, 2013, the lights went dark at Canadian Valley Technology Center. The largest tornado ever recorded, with winds up to 295 miles per hour and a width of 2.6 miles, damaged or destroyed all nine buildings on campus. Thankfully, all 15 people on campus made it to shelter in a basement classroom and survived. With everyone accounted for, it was time to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$188.00FEATURED IN2017 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYTechnology Centers forward.
After securing a temporary facility to continue classes, the school began an all-inclusive design process with administrators, students, instructors, and the community.
Seeking to redefine what a modern technology center could be, the team established five goals:
1. Design a safe and secure facility.
2. Create a facility to meet the needs of all 21 programs.
3. Create a space where programs could collaborate with one another.
4. Create a facility that incorporated natural light into every space.
5. Create a facility with maximum flexibility.
The biggest challenge was designing more than 50 percent of the new space within an existing structure. From computer programming, to auto collision, to cosmetology, every space was designed to provide an open and inviting environment that met the requirements of its program and maintained the capacity to grow and develop with the varied industries.
MA+ designed the new facility around the existing commons, or “living room,” and all corridors radiated from there.
A learning stair, outdoor amphitheater, outdoor classrooms, and flexible seating accomplished the goal for collaborative learning. Large windows brings natural light deep into the building, and new storm shelters, capable of accommodating more than 1,300 people, double as corridors and shared learning spaces.
The final product is a flexible and collaborative 21st-century technology center where learning can happen anywhere.
An instructor summed it up the best: “This new campus feels like home; it’s like we never left.”