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  Davidson County Community College New Conference Training CenterDavidson County Community College New Conference Training Center


MBAJ Architecture
9131 Anson Way, #204, Raleigh, NC 27615

General Description

Location: Lexington, North Carolina
Date Bid: Feb 2008 Construction Period: May 2008 to May 2009
Total Square Feet: 19,886 Site: 2.9 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 4 class/meeting/flex rooms with seating capacity of 232; 1 auditorium with seating capacity of 84.
Building Size: First floor, 10,886; second floor, 9,000; total, 19,886 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’8”; second floor, 17’4”; total, 32’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural Steel. Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall, insulated metal panels.
Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: LHC Structural Engineers - 1015 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27605
General Contractor: Davie Construction Company - 152 Kinderton Way East, #200, Advance, NC 27006
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Progressive Design Collaborative, Ltd.
- 2900 Rowland Road, #100, Raleigh, NC 27615
Cost Estimator: Cost Plus - 105 Wall Street, #10B, Clemson, SC 29631

Davidson CCC commissioned MBAJ Architecture to design a new facility focused on serving its communities. Centrally located between Thomasville and Lexington, North Carolina, the College serves as a location for offering seminars, conferences, and large meetings to its service area. In addition, the facility was designed to assist the College’s Continuing Education Department through outreach to offer a wide variety of programs.

As the demand for this type of facility grew, student enrollment numbers continued to soar. The demand on the College’s technology infrastructure reached a point that significant expansion and upgrades were required to support the anticipated future growth projections. Through a grant obtained by the College, the main fiber backbone and servers were relocated and expanded into this new facility and now provide the College with an emergency operations center to be utilized in the event of inclement weather or other campus needs.

Sited on direct access with a new College entrance driveway, the Conference Center is the main focus upon arrival. The site is adjacent to a heavily wooded and steep sloping ravine, which provided opportunity for large expanses of glass to highlight the wooded and rolling views.

Construction consisted of a two story brick and insulated metal panel exterior walls with curtain wall framing. Inside, wide hallways and light-filled spaces provide comfortable breakout areas. Storefront framing along corridor walls allows borrowed light to spill in from the exterior. For ultimate flexibility, offices were built utilizing demountable partitions to allow for the changing needs of a community college.

The facility was designed with the latest audio-visual and wireless technology which allows the College to provide unsurpassed conference space in the County. In addition, a large 200-seat banquet/conference room was designed to be subdivided into four smaller breakout rooms for College and Community use.

In 2010, DCCC Conference Center was recognized as an Outstanding Project by Learning By Design Magazine, and awarded as Best in Category – Higher Education/Alternative Education by the Council of Education and Facility Planners International - Southeast Region. The new Conference Center at Davidson County Community College is a state of the art high tech facility providing outreach to the citizens of Davidson County, N.C.

Product Information
Metal Wall Panels: Centria Brick: Cunningham Brick Wood Doors: VT Industries
Wood Ceilings:
Armstrong Acoustical Ceilings: CertainTeed
Resilient Base & Accessories: Roppe, Burke Roofing: GAF EverGuard PVC
Linoleum: Forbo Carpet Tile: Interface Paint: Sherwin Williams
Roller Shades: Phifer Lighting: Day-Brite, Crestron Window & Crutainwall: Kawneer
Hollow Metal Doors: CECO Elevators: KONE

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