Lake Michigan College, One-Stop Financial and Student Services Center Addition/Renovation

Benton Harbor, Mississippi

  • FIRM

    Stantec Architecture

  • CLIENT

    Lake Michigan College

  • AREA

    43,352 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $3,353,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2000

The project required the renovation of 25,776 square feet of existing space, along with construction of 11,953 square feet of infill space, and 5,623 square feet of a new enclosure over the existing entry ramp. The new center provides one-stop convenience for services such as reception, assessment, enrollment, counseling, education opportunity center, student- ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$123.00FEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas services, career planning, records, financial aid, business office, student life, Upward Bound, transitional studies, athletic office and a childcare center.

The new entry and canopy are constructed with glass and metal panels to contrast the mass of the brick and relate to the existing lead-coated copper penthouses, as well as highlight the space as an entry. Proper scale and harmony with the surrounding building have been maintained. The new grand entrance also serves as a gathering space and community art gallery.

The use of natural light was a major factor in the design.