Erik Grandowski, CPSM
The Midlands Technical College Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Crafts Center (AMSCC), completed in Fall 2015, is serving the industrial trade program and its participants as the new school year kicks into gear.
The Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Crafts Center (AMSCC) provides a sense of identity and is a destination for traditional and continuing education students pursuing accreditation or degrees in industrial trades. Originally a non-descript warehouse, the center was transformed into a landmark campus building on a modest budget.
The building features code improvements and new buildings systems infrastructure such as plumbing, HVAC electrical, telecommunications and fire protection measures. Interior changes such as exposed building components meant to serve as learning examples and glass throughout the design to introduce light and transparency, create connectivity and encourage hands-on learning for students. The pre-engineered interior appearance is minimized through use of natural-looking materials, ceiling clouds, luxury vinyl planking, and warm colors; textured wall panels create visual interest and a focal point for students.
Several of the programs, such as welding/grinding and building construction sciences produce loud noise. To minimize noise intrusion into standard classrooms and better serve these programs, Pond’s design focused on zoned placement of classrooms and proper Sound Transmission Coefficient (STC) ratings.
The overall design creates a programmatic and visual impact on the Industrial Trades Program and promotes collaborative learning through classrooms which simulate real-world working environments and enhances students’ training and marketability.
This specialized educational facility was also recently distinguished as an Outstanding Project by Learning by Design for Fall 2017. Learning by Design recognizes innovation in architectural and interior designs that enhance the learning environment and student experience at educational institutions. Read about the Fall 2017 Awards of Excellence online here.
Learn about the Midlands Technical College Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Crafts Center in the Pond portfolio.