Western Campus Addition & Renovation, |
Wayne County Community College
Straub Pettitt Yaste Architects
850 N. Crooks Road, #200, Clawson, MI 48017
Location: Belleville, Michigan
Date Bid: Jan 2006 Construction Period: Nov 2006 to Oct
Total Square Feet: 63,900 Site: 117.34 acres. Number of
Building Size: Addition, first floor, 32,357; second floor,
10,786; Renovation, first floor, 20,757; total, 63,900 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’; second floor, 17’; penthouse,
10’; total, 43’.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation/2B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Brick, CMU, curtainwall. Roof: Built-up,
metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud
Structural Engineer: Robert Darvas Associates, P.C. - 440 South
Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
General Contractor: J. L. Judge Construction Services, LLC - 1744
Howard Street, Detroit, MI 48216
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Peter Basso Associates, Inc. -
5145 Livernois Road, #100, Troy, MI 48098
The Wayne County Community College District Western Campus is one campus
of a five-campus system. The Western Campus service area includes the
only portion of Wayne County where population is expected to increase.
As enrollments increased and educational programs evolved expansion and
upgraded facilities became necessary. In addition, the existing campus
building was a two story, 176,985 square foot, rectangular building,
enclosed by vertical stainless steel industrial siding. The college
desired this industrial expression to be replaced with a collegiate,
higher education image.
The addition consists of three areas, linked by a student commons, each
designed to support different educational functions. A six-room
multipurpose area may be used as individual seminar rooms/classrooms or
opened with electric operable panel partitions to create one 450-seat
flexible assembly space. An adjacent 100-seat lecture room is fully
equipped with projection systems, automated lighting systems, and
complete wired and wireless communication systems to allow for
multimedia presentations and interactive learning. The lecture room
connects to the Commons by three large wood windows with wood shutters
that close if ever needed for room darkening.
Three flexible high-technology laboratory training spaces to house
different types of vocational education are across the Commons. These
spaces correlate with the college vocational curriculum, but may also be
utilized by area businesses as short or long-term training facilities.
Each laboratory connects to the next, as well as to the exterior, with
overhead doors to allow large equipment to be easily installed and
Six computer classrooms and an open computer laboratory are on the
second floor level. All computer spaces are equipped with projection
systems, wireless capability, and a raised floor system to allow for
future equipment changes and training for computer technicians. No
artificial lighting is needed during the day with natural light provided
by north facing clerestory windows and north facing vertical slit view
Some areas of the existing building were renovated and relocated
including the Bookstore, the Student Services Welcome Center, and the
Student Lounge/Dining which projects out to the east overlooking a pond.
The new commons connects the new and existing building from west to east
and incorporates the existing interior courtyard.
The new collegiate image is created by positioning the addition between
the vehicular street entrance and the existing building thus blocking
the previous entry view. The brick, glass, and zinc facade reflects a
warm and welcoming attitude.
To replace one large parking lot, three smaller scaled parking lots are
positioned around existing wetlands and within heavy woods. Boardwalks
preserve the wetlands by bridging over them to connect the parking and
Maintenance free materials are incorporated inside and outside including
brick, glazed brick, glass and aluminum window walls, zinc panels,
ground faced concrete masonry units, prefaced concrete masonry units,
hard tile, carpet tile, and natural stained oak.
The Belden Brick Company