Breslin Architects received a Special Citation for Design Excellence from the American Institute of Architects/Eastern Pennsylvania for the design of this project in the 2019 Awards Program.
The scope of this project, completed in 2017, includes a full renovation of the 160,000 square feet building.
The signature element of the design is the total reconstruction of the Main Entry Lobby, now transformed into a glass encased focal point. The abundant natural light enhances the two story volume that serves as a flexible display area to showcase student work.
Certain elements of the structure and systems are tastefully left exposed so that the building itself can be a teaching tool for the construction trades.
Major alterations throughout the facility include a new Administration Suite, relocated to provide a secure entry, Media Technology Lab, Cosmetology Suite and new Cafeteria Serving Area. The renovated shop areas are designed for the specialized technical education needed by local industry, including Electronic Robotics, Avionics, Welding, CNC, Advanced Manufacturing and other cutting edge programs.
Originally designed to be a Vocational School, the building's large rooms and generous ceiling heights in the shop areas support new lighting, HVAC systems, sprinklers, technology and other infrastructure. Reusing the existing structure contributes significantly to a sustainable construction program by reducing the need for newly manufactured materials and achieving a significant savings for the CCIU. A new roof and complete window replacement greatly enhances the energy performance of the building envelope. The renovated facilities combined with the new program offerings has contributed to a 14% growth in enrollment over the first three years.