Engaging directly with the community was crucial during the creative planning process. Discussions with the school’s administration, department teachers and local industry leaders centered around programming, technology and space requirements, which helped shape an effective action plan. This included creating a new woodworking area alongside the existing STEM spaces and introducing supplementary skill sets to bolster current manufacturing and production courses.
Final designs for this addition feature a spacious woodworking area stocked with a wide range of full-scale machinery and equipment to facilitate hands-on, experiential learning. Smaller, flexible classrooms are also integrated throughout the complex, along with floor-to-ceiling roll-up doors that enable direct access and easy space customization.