Central Oregon Community College recently opened the new Redmond Technology Education Center on its Redmond, Ore., campus. The 34,000-square-foot building will house technology-centered programs that will allow residents to train for present and future family-wage jobs, according to the school’s website.
The $12.5 million building, designed by BBT architects, is a state-of-the-art facility designed to meet modern workforce needs. The center trains residents for technology-centered careers in fields such as advanced automotive technologies, digital media and nondestructive testing. It is also home to the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence and Development (CEED), which aims to create and sustain new startup companies, according to the college.
The Center, which sits across the road from the Redmond Airport, also serves as a “signature building” for the Central Oregon Community College Redmond campus to attract the attention of both prospective students and business leaders entering and leaving the airport.
Among some of the innovative design features of the facility was the use of daylighting. The building is located on a high, flat desert plain with challenging solar exposure. As a result, the school installed SageGlass on the eastern, southern and western facades to provide the new classrooms with abundant daylighting and glare control, according to a press release from the company. The school also wanted to employ the latest, cutting-edge building technology in this facility to solve design challenges and save money.