Wake Technical Community College
The RT2 Classroom Building continues O’Brien Atkins’ planning and design for the Wake Tech RTP campus. The RT2 Classroom Building is a general classroom building with business and student partnership centers. As such, its program includes a variety of general and specialty classroom spaces, offices, a biopharmaceutical lab suite, and various collaboration spaces appropriate for Wake Tech’s “competency-based learning” model.
Playing off the site’s location to some of the nation’s most prominent science, technology, biotechnical and ag biotech companies, RT2 will include:
• The Center for Excellence which is comprised of Data Analytics and Logistics Simulation for on-time delivery systems, and the “Teaching Center” in which new faculty are educated in new technologies and classroom designs that may enhance their educational delivery.
• The Partnership Center will have collaboration space and flexible meeting space to bring in industry partners for student interaction. The Center will mimic corporate conference centers in RTP. The training in this area will feel “corporate” instead of a typical classroom.
• The Bio-Pharmaceutical Simulation Suite will consist of a classroom, chemistry lab with adjacent lab prep space with chemical storage, and a clean room with gowning area and air-lock entry vestibule, for workforce training that simulates tablet manufacturing.
The principal organizing element for this building is a centrally located 3-story atrium that will overlook a new campus quad. This atrium will be immediately accessible from the north entry and the east entry via a glass corridor overlooking the new quad. Programmatically, it will not only serve as an entry feature, but as a pre-function space for the Partnership Center and the Center for Excellence on the first floor. It is also a highly visible branded space. Collaboration spaces on the upper floors will make this an active and engaged space. The new quad will not only connect Buildings 1 and 2 with each other and the community, it will also influence the future development of the campus.