Durham Technical Community College
Ingram Center: 40,000 sf; Newton Center: 50,000 sf
Keith Isaacs Photo
The Durham Tech project began as a renovation of the aged Newton Building, which houses vocational programs. As space programming and design progressed, it was determined that the College’s needs would be best addressed with a renovation of the existing Newton Building and the design/construction of a new Applied Technologies Building.
The first phase is the new Applied Technologies Building. Dedicated as the William G. Ingram Center for Applied Learning and Technology, it houses Architectural Technology, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Electronics Engineering, Electrical Systems Technology and IT Technology.
The Newton Center renovation was a concurrent project. The renovation reskins the street facing facade to create a modern architectural expression that reflects the progressive academic character the College has set as one of its strategic goals. Its shining star component is a Maker Space located at the front door. Housed within interior and exterior glass, it is an active space whose visibility engages passers-by as well as students. The dual zone design allows for securing of expensive equipment but also opens up to allow students to not only use the tools to work on their student projects, but to inspire them to do their own personal projects. Programs housed in the Newton Center are Applied and Public Service Technologies, Information Technologies and a Middle College High School.