The building program is comprised of multiple size instructional classrooms including a 100 person lecture hall, computer labs, administrative suites, science labs for chemistry, biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, physics, and geology, a rooftop greenhouse, a dental clinic, a nursing simulation lab, nursing skills labs, medical assisting, medical coding, physical therapy, surgical tech, imaging tech, pharmacy tech, a testing center, engineering labs for chemical, civil, mechanical, and electrical, as well as labs for drafting, networking, computer science, graphic arts, and audio-visual production.
The building layout is a simple “L” configuration of two crossing masses, one of masonry with punched window openings to aid in the sunlight and solar heat gain from the East and West and the other massing being primarily metal panel and curtain wall facing the lake to the North to maximize views from office suites, student gathering spaces, classrooms, and labs.
The center includes dedicated areas for core curriculum courses, including English, math, sciences, and computer courses including business applications and petroleum data technology classes. The building also includes areas for Cisco network education and electrical technology education, including alternative energy systems. Also included are administrative areas for staff, a registrar/bursar office, testing centers, and various open areas in the design for student collaboration space.
The facility contains multi-use spaces and includes shared facilities that support interdisciplinary programs. The building includes a lecture hall, mid-size and small general classrooms to support both core curriculum and program specific classes, lab spaces for wet, dry, engineering, technology and education classes, administrative offices for administrative personnel, faculty, staff, teaching assistants, security and operations, parking, site development and utilities on the site.
A large central lobby provides a visual connection to all services and a centralized help desk with a large digital media wall overhead that serves as a beacon for students to begin their journey. Also on the first floor is the small conference center, which includes a modern Board Room for the board of trustees, and two smaller breakout meeting rooms. The second floor houses the President’s Office, Vice Presidents suite, Foundation Suite, Human Resources, and Testing Center. The building layout is a simple rectangular brick masonry mass with three intersecting glass and metal panel masses providing a visual connection to the campus and light into the central lobby through clerestory windows. Featured on the second floor are two balconies, a southern public balcony overlooking the plaza at the center of campus and a private balcony for the college President that looks toward the Student Center and lake to the north.