Location: Benton Harbor, MI
Express the spirit of an innovative & transformational manufacturing program to students and the public. Designed to be a resource for both students and the surrounding manufacturing community, this facility provides state of the art technology and a flexible learning environment. Students and local manufacturers can work side by side, offering opportunities for innovation, growth, and building relationships between students and local companies.
Support multi-disciplinary growth, developing a ‘whole’ student and exposing to new possibilities. Cross discipline interaction with the arts, innovation, fabrication, and manufacturing community help to create a ‘whole’ student with a well-rounded education.
Create the flexibility to quickly respond to changing and emerging needs in the manufacturer community. To adjust to the everchanging needs and technological advances of the manufacturing community, the lab space remains flexible to accept new equipment, ways of working, and equipment layouts. The common space and classroom spaces are flexible to provide different types of collaboration, learning environments, and to meet small and large group needs.
Become an economic game changer for the region by engaging the campus & community. With new advances in technology this building provides local manufacturers and emerging students both the opportunity and the knowledge to create without limits. The simulation lab is a space open to the public and to students to interactively create, develop, and innovate. Both lab spaces allow partnership opportunities for the college and the students with local manufacturers.
Develop a visually accessible concept that stimulates investigation and supports a program able to attract, retain, and teach students about manufacturing. The transparency of the building welcomes in campus residents to discover and interact with the manufacturing program. Aside from being visually accessible the building also serves as a teaching tool for students showcasing it’s geothermal, sustainable, and mechanical components.