Advanced Technology Center, Bates Technical College
Architect: McGranahan Architects
Location: Tacoma, Washington
Award of Merit
This technology center integrates student, faculty, project, and instructional areas to nurture student growth in STEM and broadcast technologies.
The Advanced Technology Center integrates student, faculty, project, and instructional areas to provide pedagogical overlap to nurture student growth in STEM and broadcast technologies, attracting a more diverse student body and supporting outcomes for a variety of educational capabilities and community benefits.
The project inspired an exploration into shared craft and design methodologies that exist between building technologies and information architecture. The porous campus fosters student success by involving community and industry partners to support the college’s foundation, which helps address the financial needs of at-risk students. Project-oriented work, educational effectiveness, and collaboration among faculty and students is heightened through connectivity.
Here the architecture successfully exudes the raw and technical nature of the educational program in composition and materiality. This project highlights the important role of Technical Colleges in our communities.