S.M. Stemper Architect’s predesign study for the new $7.1 million, 32,000 sf Technology Center identified the need for a state-of-the-art classroom and lab facility to house the College’s rapidly growing information technology training program. The goals for the new facility included expanding the College’s technology certification program, developing a collaborative information technology environment, and providing a flexible infrastructure, all within a framework of universal access and minimal environmental impact.
Sustainable building goals included use of natural ventilation, efficient daylighting systems with auto-dimming light controls, on-site storm water management, rainwater collection/irrigation system, and low VOC paints and carpets.
The Technology Center houses open, dedicated computer labs, an internet cafe, a repair shop, and computer information technology administration and faculty offices. The building quickly became a focal point of the College, accenting the natural beauty of the campus while creating a “center of technology” for students, staff, and the community.
The Technology Center received an “Earth Hero” award from King County for sustainable design.