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Durham, NC


Durham Technical Community College


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

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

Durham Tech retained O’Brien Atkins to design the Newton Building Renovation – a facility built in the 1970s which houses the Applied Technology program. Over the years, the curriculum for Applied Technology has evolved. However, the building itself has not. Numerous changes in technology, industry practices, class demand, and student expectations have occurred which the existing building can no longer accommodate. The design team has engaged with college stakeholders to discover the appropriate path forward to best support the goals of the Applied Technology Program. This process included studies of potential and existing sites on the campus for expansions or a new building, evaluating the condition of the existing Newton Building, current space utilization, determining future space needs, and cost modeling for various scenarios. Two main objectives have been identified for the project. First, construct a new Applied Technology Building of approximately 40,000 sf on a vacant site on Cooper Street across from the existing Newton Building. The second objective was to do a partial renovation of the existing Newton Building. The renovation will repurpose spaces vacated when the new building opens, upgrade the quality of the existing spaces, and create a new facility image through façade and entrance improvements. The Newton Hall renovation has a key Maker Space component that will engage students during and outside of classroom hours. The plan 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. This Maker Space will be at the front door of the Newton Renovation to engage everyone that walks through or near the building, as it is open with glass on the interior and exterior. This project also includes construction labs, welding labs, architectural labs, electronics labs, networking and security labs that were all designed for multidisplinary collaboration. The lab space is strategically designed to cross-pollinate a student’s experience and education to make them better prepared for the modern work environment.