Lincoln Land Community College, Workforce Careers Center

Springfield, Illinois

In an effort to increase access to highquality careers for the residents of its community, Lincoln Land Community College developed a new Workforce Careers Center on its main campus. In addition to providing flexible spaces for emerging programs, a primary goal for the project was to consolidate and showcase existing programs previously scattered throughout other parts ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMDewberry ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$188.70FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYVocational/Industrial arts the campus.

In order to achieve this goal, glass was strategically incorporated throughout the facility to create a high level of transparency from outside the building as well as within it. Upon entering the building, the spacious, two-story lobby opens up to the college’s expanded culinary program/restaurant as well as a sustainable technologies lab. An open stair leads students up to a glass enclosure that houses a newly created mechatronics program as well as other technology-rich learning spaces.

The college’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in the use of natural materials and energy efficient HVAC systems that are displayed within lab spaces as well as within the public spaces throughout the LEED Silver Certified building.