As an essential resource for strengthening communities in the region since 1965, Pine Technical & Community College envisioned a unified campus modernization for the continued success of its programs and students. TKDA completed the campus building design for the $1.45 million regional workforce training modernization and expansion project that renovated and renewed approximately 40,000 square feet, approximately half of the main campus building.
The project focused on facility modernization, health and life safety improvements, and enhanced ADA accessibility. Renovated spaces include the auditorium, student commons, student services and administrative suites, corridors, and classrooms.
Facility modernization was of key importance in bringing the academic spaces up-to-date. TKDA’s designs for the primary common spaces and classroom upgrades foster student interaction and collaboration and improves flexibility and utilization of learning spaces. Flexible seating and tables allows for reconfiguration of the furniture. Updated architectural finishes, fixtures, graphics, and signage reflect the college’s distinctive identity and unique rural landscape. New light fixtures, accent colors and wall graphics work in harmony to create a campus design environment that feels brighter, welcoming and comfortable.
Another project goal was to enhance health and life safety improvements. Technical programs support spaces were one area where this was incorporated. The paint booth, blueing room and plasma cutting area required improved ventilation and exhaust systems which improved the indoor air quality.
Areas of the building were upgraded with accessibility in mind. All refreshed common spaces were designed with accessible seating for individuals with physical disabilities. The auditorium space was another area in which a fresh seating layout and materials now accommodate accessible spaces.