Completion Date

ATB: 2021 and Newton Renovation: 2022

Location

Durham, NC

Client

Durham Technical Community College

Size

ATB: 40,000 sf and Newton Renovation: 50,000 sf

Durham Technical Community College Newton Building Renovation + New Applied Technologies Building

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. With a September 2019 groundbreaking, construction is estimated to complete in June 2021.

The new Applied Technologies Building will house Architectural Technology, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Network Security, IT and Cloud Systems Administration, IT Service and Support, Software Development, Web Development, Electrical Systems Technology and Electronics Engineering Technology programs.

The Newton Building renovation will follow. 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.

The renovated Newton Building’s shining star component will be a Maker Space located at the front door. Housed within interior and exterior glass, it will be an active space whose visibility should engage passers-by as well as students. The dual zone design will allow 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. The Maker Space integrates 3d printing, CNC technology, virtual/augmented reality stations, programmable robots, electronics/Arduino stations, 3D scanners, virtual welding trainers, vinyl cutters, laser cutter, mini mills, sewing equipment, and basic workshop equipment. The Newton program also includes a new art studio and engineering technologies lab.

The design team collaborated with department heads to determine strategies where lab space could cross-pollinate a student’s experience and education to make them better prepared for the modern work environment.