Perkins Eastman | Morrisville State College: Center For Design And Technology

Morrisville State College: Center for Design and Technology

Morrisville, New York
To continue its focus on technology and transition from an associate to a baccalaureate degree institution, Morrisville State College introduced curricula that supported the vision for a new 35,000 sf Center for Design and Technology. Perkins Eastman was selected to convert an existing agricultural building to house the new programs in design and technology, which includes majors in architecture, landscape design, mechanical and electrical engineering technology, drafting technology, and wood products technology.

Perkins Eastman completed a program and feasibility study to address the physical condition of the existing facility and define initial program requirements, and was subsequently hired to complete the renovation. The design concept introduces a generic spatial approach that allows the school program flexibility and future growth.

Creative work spaces and the unique program's elements include a visualization studio, central atrium, and student gallery. Communal support spaces such as wood shops, spray booths, and rapid prototyping labs are concentrated in one area and shared by different departments. Low-energy consumption along with energy-efficient HVAC controls are just a few of the sustainable strategies that were implemented to attain a LEED Silver certification.