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  Fairfield Career Center Addition, Page 40Fairfield Career Center Addition
TRIAD Architects
784 Morrison Road, #B, Columbus, OH 43230

Carroll, Ohio
Total Square Feet: 20,470
Construction Period: Feb 2001 to May 2003 

Construction Team
General Contractor: Seifert Construction - 8663 Lancaster New Lexington Road, S.E., Bremen, OH 43107
Structural Engineer: Shirk & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 960 Kingsmill Parkway, #201, Columbus, OH 43229
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: National Engineering - 784 Morrison Road, Columbus, OH 43230
Cost Estimator: TRIAD Architects - 784 Morrison Road, #B, Columbus, OH 43230

When the Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical School District began planning additions to the Fairfield Career Center in Carroll, Ohio, their vision included much more than simply increasing program space. The district wanted the additions to exemplify the emerging role of career and technical schools to the students, staff, and community. They also wanted to provide adequate space for increasing enrollment and technology programs. Together with the district, TRIAD Architects of Columbus, Ohio, developed an innovative design concept that would incorporate a striking entry together with technically advanced program spaces. 

In learning the district’s needs, TRIAD designed a $2.4 million addition that transforms the career center’s image and serves as a new marketing tool for the district. Its design also addresses an increasing student population and the necessary spaces for new educational programs.

Because of its visible location, the addition was designed to serve as both the entry and signature piece for the school. While the existing building lacked a distinct main entryway, a new brick and steel tower provides a dominant focal point to draw visitors to the new entrance. Once inside, the tower becomes part of the new lobby space, which includes an exposed arched ceiling and clerestory lighting to allow natural light in during the day and to serve as a beacon in the evening. The new lobby space opens up to a corridor that connects the existing building to the new addition, creating a seamless transition to the new wing.

The new wing houses a variety of new program spaces including chemistry and physics labs, a computer support technology lab (CST lab), a HVAC lab, and adult education spaces. Each program space was designed to support evolving educational technology while keeping an eye toward the future and wireless technology. This includes computer network connections in all classrooms and science lab stations. A data network rack and an exposed cable tray were also installed in the CST lab for hands-on technology training and a concealed cable tray was mounted into the ceiling, providing flexible pathways for future data cabling additions, moves, or changes. In addition, each room is connected to the central media retrieval system. The building is also equipped with a long distance learning lab that connects to Eastland Career Center and other buildings within the Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical School District. These labs allow for video, voice, and data to be shared among all schools. Within the rooms, a high-tech image was developed through a dynamic combination of exposed ceilings, pendant light fixtures, and translucent wall panels.

The new wing also houses a new reception area, offices and administration spaces. Faculty offices are also located within each program area for convenient teacher workspace and storage areas.

With innovative designs both inside and out, Fairfield Career Center is now a signature building for career and technical schools. The building’s new sleek design gives the career center a new identity while launching the district into the future of career and technical education.

DIV 07: Metal: Berridge Manufacturing; PVC Single Ply: Johns Manville; EIFS: Dryvit; Metal Panel Siding: Industrial Building Panels.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts: YKK; Fire Door: Won Door.
DIV 09: Carpet: Lees; VCT: Armstrong; Terrazzo: General Polymers; Acoustical Treatment: United States Gypsum; Acoustical Panels: Tectum.
DIV 10: Floor Mats: Construction Systems; Visual Display Boards: Claridge; Toilet Partitions: Comtek; Toilet Accessories: AJ Washroom Accessories.
DIV 16: Light Fixtures: Lithonia, Light Control; Panel Boards: Square D; Clocks: Dukane. 

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