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  Montcalm Community College, Beatrice E. Doser Building, Page 60Montcalm Community College, Beatrice E. Doser Building
Straub Pettitt Yaste 
850 North Crooks, Clawson, MI 48017-1311

Sidney, Michigan
Total Square Feet: 38,013
Construction Period: Apr 1998 to Jul 1999

Construction Team
Construction Manager: The Christman Company - 678 Front Ave., #150, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Structural Engineer: Robert Darvas Associates, P.C. - 440 South Main, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: MLS Associates - 17515 W Nine Mile, #660, Southfield, MI 48075
Landscape Architect: Beckett and Raeder - 535 W William, #101, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

The Montcalm Community College, Beatrice E. Doser Building is a new 38,013-square-foot Vocational/Technical Facility. This facility includes a 100-seat meeting room, two teleconferencing rooms, three computer classrooms, two general classrooms, a developmental skills area, a 60-station open computer lab, and 15 faculty offices. Support spaces such as a serving kitchen, computer repair, telecommunications data room (for the entire campus), and storage are provided.

The most important design goals were as follows:

Montcalm Community College truly is the center of the rural Montcalm County, it provides a center and resources for the enhancement of community services to serve the business and industrial community through centralizing training services, upgrading technology resources, and continuing career development for the present work force. 

Next, the campus image should be unified by providing integrated site and landscape development throughout the core campus and relating the architectural form, colors, and materials. 

And finally, the building should not ignore the relationship to the woods and other natural features. The rural atmosphere and natural setting should be improved, strengthened and restored by associating with the natural site features and re-establishing the woods relationship.

To respond to these goals the building architecture is a coming together of three geometries:

The linear light fixtures were laid out east and west to follow the community surveyed grid of roads and farms. The building planning grid follows and relates to the grid of the existing campus (which for some unknown reason was offset by 60 degrees). And, the entirely free flowing all glass transparent wall corresponds with the adjacent natural woods. The main corridor flows freely through the building center as the orthogonal building grid gradually breaks down into a natural curve along the woods.

The Beatrice E. Doser Building at Montcalm Community College was completed in July 1999 and has been well received by students and faculty.

Exterior Walls - Entrances & Storefronts: CMI Architectural; Metal Doors: Curries.
Roof - Carlisle.
Floors - Tile: Crossville Ceramics; Carpet: Collins & Aikman.
Interior Walls - Gypsum Board: United States Gypsum; Operable Partitions: Hufcor; Toilet & Bath Accessories: ASI; Wood & Plastic Doors: Maiman Company; Paint: Sherwin Williams.

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