Northeast Technology Center
GH2 Architects, LLC
Posted: December 1, 2021 | Projects
Northeast Technology Center has been providing career training for daytime, evening and weekend classes in Northeast Oklahoma since 1969 for both high school and adult students.
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The vocational school started with two campuses in 1969 and expanded in both 1996 and 2007, broadening their reach across the state. Today, NTC serves students across eight counties with its four campuses. Each year, NTC trains more than 1,200 students in its full-time, daytime programs. The school’s Business & Industry Services program, along with short-term night and weekend classes, enables almost 20,000 additional students to train through NTC.
In 2013, GH2 Architects partnered with NTC to create an updated and cohesive new look for the school. The design is intended to be inviting to prospective students, to blend seamlessly with the existing buildings on each campus and to reflect both a modern look and the essence of the Midwest. As NTC excelled in providing the best career training for their students and focused on expanding and renovating each campus, it became apparent that their administrative services center also needed the same kind of upgrade.
GH2 designed the administration building within strict site setbacks resulting from the fire station helicopter pad proximity, the surrounding structures and the city-required setbacks. Even though the buildable area was set, the plans were drawn specifically to maximize the useable area. The facility houses administrative staff, with offices for the superintendent, marketing department, business services and financial aid. In addition to offices, a large boardroom for the monthly board meetings and a separate conference room space allow the districts to meet in a central location. The building also has multiple communal areas, promoting a sense of collaboration.
The exterior of the building is comprised mainly of natural local stone and manufactured masonry. Along the front facade, large expanses of glazing allow natural light to illuminate the interior. The entryway features an airy, open lobby with a 24-foot ceiling and a large curtain wall that welcomes both prospective students and employees alike. The interior was designed for optimal efficiency, in terms of both space planning and light distribution, with north clerestory windows along the main corridor and work area. Clerestory windows provide large amounts of natural light and reduce the amount of manufactured light required in the communal spaces. The administrative building also includes a safe area, with reinforced walls, footings and roof to allow for the safety of the occupants in case of the inclement weather that is common in Oklahoma.
The new administration building provides the Northeast Technology Center with a vision for the future and serves as a shining example of their consistent commitment to students.
Building Envelope: Acme Brick, Alliance Metal Building, STO
Synthetic Slate Shingles: DaVinci Roofscapes
Entrances, Storefronts & Curtain Wall: Tubelite
Lighting: Prescolite, Williams, Metalumen, Delray Lighting, Sistemalux
Architect & Cost Estimator
GH2 Architects, LLC
320 S. Boston Avenue, #100, Tulsa, OK 74103
200 E. Mathew Brady Street, Tulsa, OK 74103
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
110 W. 7th Street, #600, Tulsa, OK 74119
Brewer Construction Company
701 S. Chouteau Avenue, Chouteau, OK 74337
Location: Pryor, Oklahoma
Date Bid: Aug 2013
Construction Period: Sep 2013 to Aug 2014
Total Square Feet: 11,909
Site: 1.38 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Garage, 185; first floor, 11,724; total, 11,909 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 12’ to 15’ sloped; First floor, varies 12’6” to 24’; total, 24’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Pre-Engineered Metal Building.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall, EIFS, storefront.
Roof: Metal, synthetic slate shingles.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.