Lake Michigan College at Bertrand Crossing

Niles, Michigan

  • FIRM

    DLZ Indiana


    Lake Michigan College

  • AREA

    34,623 sq.ft.





To offer the best education and training, construction costs were minimized for the sake of equipment and technology costs. Exposed structure and mechanical systems, industrial light fixtures and metal building techniques were used to minimize cost and maximize visual effect. The architectural response is a simple double-loaded corridor in which subtle shifts of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$73.27FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized volumes, sloping structural elements and exposed ductwork result in an interesting interplay of light, space, structure and volume. Cost-saving elements were seen not as a challenge to good design, but as an opportunity for good design.

Lake Michigan College at Bertland Crossing realizes the vision of local manufacturers in the plastics and machining industries who saw a need for better vocational training. The college fulfilled this vision with a 34,000-square-foot facility that offers training on CNC, EDM, plastics molding and traditional metalworking equipment. Training is available to high school students, college students and people seeking continued education. In addition, core liberal arts, computer, math and science classes are offered. An occupational-therapy assistance lab provides healthcare-related training.

Photographer: ©Sal Lovinello