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  University Center at Gaylord, M-TEC Educational Center, Page 10University Center at Gaylord, M-TEC Educational Center
850 North Crooks Road, #200, Clawson, MI 48017

Gaylord, Michigan
Total Square Feet: 47,621
Construction Period: July 2000 to Feb 2002 

Construction Team
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Petrie Construction Company - 909 West Water Street, East Jordan, MI 49727
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Desai/Nasr Consulting Engineer, Inc. - 6765 Daly Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: ETS Engineering, Inc. - P.O. Box 1116, Royal Oak, MI 48068
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Sellinger Associates, Inc. - 19821 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48152

Michigan citizens and Kirtland Community College needed a technical training center to serve the northern lower Michigan region. The region was technologically under-served, was not within a community college district, had the fastest growth of any area in northern Michigan, and the region's economic base required highly skilled workers.

The Gaylord area already had a citizenled, grass roots effort that had established a University Center, an initiative responsible for coordinating programs and services of eight colleges and universities. They recognized the need for economic development and were ready to expand their educational offerings to meet the demands of skilled labor.

The University Center developed a partnership with Kirtland Community College that had a history of exemplary programs in technical education and had a technical infrastructure capable of expansion in northern Michigan.

The two partners met the challenge with the resulting University Center at Gaylord / M-TEC Education Center.

The architectural design problem was to create one facility to house two types of students: traditional students in the University Center and vocational students in the Technical Education Center. In either case the architectural image must portray that students are preparing for high-skill, high-wage, high demand careers.

The floor plan solution separates the University Center and Technical Center in two parts but flowing freely together split by one common entry, commons, and Learning Resource Center. This allows and encourages a blending of the socalled blue collar and white-collar disciplines. A mixing of blue and white color scheme is the theme of the interior design.

The unique design element is that all spaces have windows inside and outside so that the teaching activities are displayed and create the building image. Since building construction technology is a major educational program, all technology and building systems are exposed as an easy teaching tool.

DIV 07: Manufactured Roofing & Siding: EPIC® Metal Corporation.
DIV 09: Tile: Crossville Ceramics; Carpet: Shaw.
DIV 10: Louvers: Arrow; Operable Par titions: Modernfold, Hufcor.

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