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  Western Campus Addition & Renovation, Wayne County Community College DistrictWestern Campus Addition & Renovation,
Wayne County Community College District


Straub Pettitt Yaste Architects
850 N. Crooks Road, #200, Clawson, MI 48017

General Description

Location: Belleville, Michigan
Date Bid: Jan 2006 Construction Period: Nov 2006 to Oct 2008
Total Square Feet: 63,900 Site: 117.34 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
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 drywall, CMU.

Construction Team

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 removed.

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 windows.

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 building.

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.


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