Heartland Community College, Workforce Development Center

Normal, Illinois

  • FIRM

    BLDD Architects


    Heartland Community College

  • AREA

    101,000 sq.ft.





The Heartland Community College Workforce Development Center has earned the distinction as the state of Illinois’ Pilot Project for Sustainable Design.

The center is an additional building on the Heartland Community College permanent campus, originally designed by the architect. It is a comprehensive economic-development resource dedicated to providing direct ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$157.77FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio to area business and industry; and providing a broad range of degree-granting educational programs, applied training and technical assistance designed specifically to serve the business and industrial community.

At the onset of this project, Heartland Community College recognized the merits of sustainable design, and the educational and financial opportunities related to pursuing sustainable design for the center. As a result, the design team employed many sustainable-design concepts: geothermal energy, sustainable materials, indoor air quality control, stormwater treatment and full building-systems commissioning. The resulting design is a building of architectural style that blends with the scale and detail of the existing campus.

The Workforce Development Center consists of three floors organized around a central atrium space allowing for student study, as well as an exhibit space highlighting student work, community businesses and industries. The program spaces are balanced on all floors to create critical adjacencies. Technology, a major focus of the center, is highlighted. An easily accessible, exposed cable-tray system also allows for maximum flexibility in technology changes.