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  Plano Classroom Building, Waubonsee Community CollegePlano Classroom Building, Waubonsee Community College

Architect & Structural Engineer

Holabird & Root
140 South Dearborn Street, #500, Chicago, IL 60603

General Description

Location: Plano, Illinois
Date Bid: Feb 2009 Construction Period: July 2009 to Aug 2010
Total Square Feet: 33,500 Site: 7.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One, 15 classrooms with seating capacity of 36 per classroom.
Building Size: First floor, 19,200; second floor, 14,300;
total, 33,500 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 14’; floor to floor, 14’; total, 34’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, insulated metal panel, curtainwall. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Construction Manager & Cost Estimator: Turner Construction - 55 East Monroe Street, #3100, Chicago, IL 60603
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Ketchmark & Associates - 145 Tower Drive, #12, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Landscape Architect: SmithGroup JJR - 35 East Wacker Drive, #2200, Chicago, IL 60601

The goal for the Waubonsee Community College Plano Classroom Building project was to create the experience of a traditional multi-building campus within a singular building.

The Plano Classroom Building is designed as a stand-alone satellite campus, augmenting Waubonsee Community College's main campus located in Sugar Grove, Illinois. The facility consists of over 33,000-gross-square-footage of space spread over two stories. The building contains classrooms, laboratories, student study areas, and support space as well as full-service admissions, testing, and assessment spaces. It is strategically sited to take advantage of views of Lake Plano and access to the surrounding sustainable landscape, which includes bioswales, porous paving for hard surfaces, and native plantings.

The concept for sustainability is "healthy building, healthy community". The wellness of the user is provided for with state-of-the-art energy-efficient operating systems for a high quality indoor environment and spiritual and physical connections to the outdoors.

One of the major goals for the stand-alone campus was to extend the mission and vision of the College while creating its own unique campus identity. The solution was to position the building on the site such that the internal spaces and experiences are promoted, through strategically located windows and curtain wall, to the outside community. The result takes advantage of both views from the building out and views to the building from around the site. The lantern-like lobby is placed at the hinge between the administration wing and classroom areas and serves as an indoor/outdoor terrace for students, creating a visual connection between the internal program and its surrounding landscape. At night, this glass lobby becomes a beacon to those passing along the main thoroughfare, creating a visual presence for the College.

Product Information
Insulated Metal Panel: Centria
Ground Face Masonry Units: Trenwyth Trendstone®
Roofing: GAF
Resilient Flooring: Armstrong
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Elevators: Otis

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