Note: Area: 35,000 sq. ft. (Technology Learning Center); 30,000 sq. ft. (Library renovation); Cost/Square foot: $180 (new construction); $46 (renovation)
The metro campus of Cuyahoga Community College (CCC) was designed in 1967, and features a series of instructional buildings on a downtown/midtown 27.5-acre site atop a parking garage at grade. As an ASSOCIATED FIRMDesign GroupCOST PER SQ FT$180.00FEATURED IN2000 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers response, students, faculty and visitors access the main level walkway/plaza system via steps and elevators to reach their intended destination.
Daylight was not a key ingredient in the original campus design on the elevations facing the community, and the views to and from the community beyond the campus are few and unrevealing of the occupants, as many buildings feature perimeter corridors. Most buildings are two and three stories in height, with the original Library Building rising to six levels as a central landmark.
The challenge was to develop a Technology Learning Center (TLC) that “will be a national model for technology learning.” Administrators also asked for a design that respected the campus’ architectural vocabulary, but was less Brutalist in its design. The resulting program analysis identified a need for a program area of 35,000 square feet for the TLC, as well as expanded administrative and student service space. The essential program elements of the project include six electronic classrooms (accommodating 26-40) and a TLC with study/workstation areas for 150, as well as areas for staff support, staff curriculum development, equipment storage and maintenance, and accessible restroom facilities.
The design delivered an addition on the north, east and south sides on the annex that respects the campus vocabulary, while developing a facility that admits controlled daylighting for instructional benefit and visibility to the community. Plaza-level occupancies feature six electronic classrooms, two of which feature high-resolution, large-screen videoconferencing capabilities, as well as state-of-the-art technology learning tools and systems. The other four classrooms have high-resolution monitors and LCD projection for media display, video projection cameras, integrated touchscreen controllers of video and data media, and flexible seating over raised flooring systems. The second level features the TLC—a 17,000-square-foot room with workstations for individual and team learning, and interaction with dispersed faculty and staff workstations, also on raised floors for flexibility to reconfigure settings quickly and cost-effectively.
The facility’s interior features height-adjustable work surfaces, ergonomic seating and distributed technology for full accessibility. In addition to the animated window mullion configurations, the technological nature of the elements housed is expressed on the interior with perforated metal balcony and stair railings, sleek furniture and colorful textured fabrics.
Photographer: ©Al Tuefen