Western Technical College, Black River Falls, Regional Learning Center

Black River Falls, Wisconsin

  • FIRM

    I.D.ology, LLC


    Western Technical College

  • AREA

    18,000 sq.ft.





This project evaluated the existing Black River Falls location to determine whether the facility should be updated or if it would be beneficial to move into downtown Black River Falls, to a building originally occupied by an IGA market. The sites were studied, and the former grocery store was determined to be the best strategic location.

The project was ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMHSR Associates, Inc.; RDG Planning & DesignCAPACITY300COST PER SQ FT$166.67FEATURED IN2013 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation in two phases. The first phase included the following spaces in the program: two interactive television (ITV) classrooms, an instructional support services (ISS) classroom, general education classroom,  health classroom, testing area, computer lab, and a student resource area and lounge. The main corridor has a flowing pattern in rubber and cork, which facilitates noise reduction and foot comfort. Recesses were created for lounge seating.  Corridor columns were accented with a glass and stone tile mosaic. The corridor ceiling opens to the structure with square clouds floating below and curved soffits softening linear walls. 

In the second phase, two simulation labs were added for the nursing program with lifelike mannequins that are controlled remotely from the observation center. A large community room was designed to accommodate students, staff and community gatherings. A wall mural was installed to recognize nursing’s past and present; it is dedicated to a community donor. An additional ITV classroom and two more computer labs also were added. 

The exterior building shell was designed with a super-insulated envelope, new skylights and new building systems. The project is certified LEED silver. The landscaping includes regional plants and materials, a rain garden and solar panel collectors.

The new facility accommodated the addition of a nursing program and further course expansion. The enrollment has increased 50 to 100 students per semester.