This 68,000 square foot classroom building addition at the Northeast Technology Campus is the new home of the Engineering and Science departments of the College. The program features teaching labs and classrooms focusing on clean energy technology, biotechnology, and advanced manufacturing, supporting the mission of the College’s regional research partners. The design features strategies to provide student-centered “casual” spaces that encourage social interaction and collaboration. The facility showcases flexible spaces and planning strategies to respond to changes in mission and technology. The exterior design reflects the priority Midlands Tech places on the integration of technology into all aspects of its teaching mission. Large expanses of glass and metal highlight gathering and collaborative learning spaces, and classrooms also receive generous amounts of day lighting as an aid to student performance. The addition integrates with the existing campus, both aesthetically and functionally, while also responding to elements of the site including a large pond that defines the “natural classroom” at the rear of the building.
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