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  Westover Job Corps Center

Westover Job Corps CenterArchitect

Du Bose Associates, Inc. Architects
49 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105
www.dbarch.com

General Description

Location: Chicopee, Massachusetts
Date Bid: Aug 2006
Construction Period:
Oct 2006 to Feb 2008
Total Square Feet: 26,000 Site: 2.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 22 classrooms each seating 20 to 25.
Building Size: First floor, 26,000; total, 26,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 21’; total, 21’.
Basic Construction Type: New/2B Unprotected Non-Combustible.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, cement composite panel rain screen system. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Projected/Modeled Energy Usuage KBTU/SF/yr: 1,233.3 MBTU.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Santo Domingo Engineering, LLC - 2074 Park Street, Hartford, CT 06106
General Contractor: P & S Construction, Inc. - 35 John Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Loureiro Engineering Associates, Inc. - 100 Northwest Drive, Plainville, CT 06062
Cost Estimator: Leach Consulting Company, LLC - 1010 Wethersfield Avenue, #306, Hartford, CT 06114
Civil Engineer: URS Corporation AES - 500 Enterprise Drive, Rocky Hill, CT 06067


The new 26,000-square-foot classroom building for the Westover Job Corps Center is master-planned to become the first building of a new vocational education quadrangle. The building’s most public functions are designed to engage an outdoor entrance plaza in order to enhance the sense of “campus”, to greet pedestrian traffic from the residence halls on the main quadrangle on campus and to allow ease of nighttime use. The Job Corps concept of creating a “Community of Learners” was achieved through a campus setting that fosters independence and individual growth. The use of bold interior color gives the building an inviting presence and conveys an energetic attitude to the Job Corps Center students.

The building exceeds the stringent Massachusetts energy code by using a high R-Value cement composite panel “rain screen wall system”. Other “Green Design” features include the use of natural light via clerestories and large windows in public areas and classrooms, waterless urinals and occupancy sensors for lighting. Energy STAR® rated equipment was used throughout.

The planning process involved working with the Department of Labor (DOL) prototypes in review sessions with DOL and P.B. Dewberry (DOL’s Program Manager), as well as with the center’s operator. The prototypes evolved into a layout that is unique to the Westover Center’s needs.

The Job Corps program targets students that either did not complete high school and/or completed high school but do not have a career goal. The program teaches vocational skills that focus on the local area’s economy and job placement needs. The center also offers GED programs and encourages all students to complete their high school diploma. Nighttime classes and nighttime availability of study and library spaces are also intended to encourage study skills.

The existing campus reuses a portion of the Westover Air Force Base. The original Westover buildings are typically three stories with exposed concrete frames and brick and glass infill. The new building uses light and dark colored brick stripes at the main entrance to relate to the original concrete and brick buildings on campus.

Michael O’Malley, Head Architect for the Department of Labor (DOL) summed up DOL’s satisfaction with the completed classroom building by saying, “The use of light and color identity were the primary focus of the design, which was well achieved. Spectacular. It looks well thought out and inviting.”

Manufacturers

DIV. 4: Brick: Redland; Cement Composite Panel: Cement Board Fabricators.
DIV. 7: Roof: Firestone.
DIV. 8: Windows: Winco; Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO Corporation.
DIV. 9: Tile: Dal-Tile; Carpet: Monterey; VCT: Armstrong.
DIV. 26: Lighting: Lithonia, Lite Control, Ellipitar, Cooper.

 

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