Learning By Design Fall 2015 : Page 69

A R NI NG BY DE S IG C OMMUNITY C OLLE GE LE N Northwest College Yellowstone Academic Building Powell, WY The Yellowstone Academic Building features technology-rich learning labs and classrooms, including nursing simulation labs, forensics lab and criminal justice simulation labs as well as community meeting spaces and faculty offices. The building is designed for ultimate flexibility and growth, promotes “learning on display” and provides for the much-needed expansion of three critical programs for the college (as well as providing for additional community needs). From the outset, the design team understood that this effort represented an exciting oppor-tunity to make a real and lasting impact on the Northwest Community College campus and the level of technical education they would be able to offer their current students (and entice new ones). The college had not had a new academic building in more than 20 years, and this building needed to facilitate contrasting programs (nurs-ing, criminal justice, and workforce develop-ment) organically through design. Additionally, as there were no large gather-ing spaces within the community, the college endeavored to see its new academic building as a draw and benefit to the Powell community. Incorporating state-of-the-art technology into the design of flexible, adaptable learning spaces to meet the diverse needs of the students and educators of these distinct programs was a key OUTSTANDING Outstanding PROJECT Project 2015 New Construction Multi-use/joint-use building CTA Architects Engineers "$8B#$&#0a;9‘0&#0b;&#0b;&#0d;&#1d;G3)OS"N" B&#1a;m&#1d;&#0f;
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&#0b;#N"; PHOTOGRAPHY: JAMES RAY SPAHN goal of the designers. The approach meant thinking broadly and holistically about campus-wide systems and con-stantly seeking new ways to embed technology within the infrastructure of the building. It was essential that the building itself supported powerful learn-ing, teaching and interdisciplinary col-laboration. These goals led to inspired pro-gramming and the innovative design of new models for flexible classrooms and learning labs, as well as computer-integrated classrooms, Vod-casting and smaller seminar-style rooms. The nursing program includes hi-fi manikin simulation rooms and hospital-like envi-ronments. Sustainability was also at the fore-front of the design process. A ground source heat pump system and 3” rigid continuous exterior insulation were installed for high energy efficiency. Steel structure with masonry and zinc panel exterior finishes were selected for dura-bility and longevity. The building itself reflects meaningful aspects of local cul-ture and Wyoming’s unique environment while complementing campus aesthetic through creative material selection, fenestration and massing. Additional sustainable strategies were also incorporated into the design such as extensive daylighting and passive solar heating and comfortable collaboration spaces foster student comraderie and academic pride. This building is inherently about the students—spac-es to welcome and nurture their ambitions, to work together, and to collaborate and interact with faculty. LEARNING B Y DESIGN F ALL 2015  Y  777B&%&#1f;28'8:0l/%9':8B0'4 ‘  69

Northwest College Yellowstone Academic Building

The Yellowstone Academic Building features technology-rich learning labs and classrooms, including nursing simulation labs, forensics lab and criminal justice simulation labs as well as community meeting spaces and faculty offices. The building is designed for ultimate flexibility and growth, promotes “learning on display” and provides for the much-needed expansion of three critical programs for the college (as well as providing for additional community needs).

From the outset, the design team understood that this effort represented an exciting opportunity to make a real and lasting impact on the Northwest Community College campus and the level of technical education they would be able to offer their current students (and entice new ones). The college had not had a new academic building in more than 20 years, and this building needed to facilitate contrasting programs (nursing, criminal justice, and workforce development) organically through design.

Additionally, as there were no large gathering spaces within the community, the college endeavored to see its new academic building as a draw and benefit to the Powell community. Incorporating state-of-the-art technology into the design of flexible, adaptable learning spaces to meet the diverse needs of the students and educators of these distinct programs was a key goal of the designers. The approach meant thinking broadly and holistically about campus-wide systems and constantly seeking new ways to embed technology within the infrastructure of the building. It was essential that the building itself supported powerful learning, teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration.

These goals led to inspired programming and the innovative design of new models for flexible classrooms and learning labs, as well as computer integrated classrooms, Vod-casting and smaller seminar-style rooms. The nursing program includes hi-fi manikin simulation rooms and hospital-like environments.

Sustainability was also at the forefront of the design process. A ground source heat pump system and 3” rigid continuous exterior insulation were installed for high energy efficiency. Steel structure with masonry and zinc panel exterior finishes were selected for durability and longevity. The building itself reflects meaningful aspects of local culture and Wyoming’s unique environment while complementing campus aesthetic through creative material selection, fenestration and massing. Additional sustainable strategies were also incorporated into the design such as extensive daylighting and passive solar heating and comfortable collaboration spaces foster student comraderie and academic pride. This building is inherently about the students—spaces to welcome and nurture their ambitions, to work together, and to collaborate and interact with faculty.

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