Creating synergies between the three user groups that would otherwise not exist
This automotive technology centre is the final piece of a community college’s esteemed automotive program. In addition to state-of-the-art class and conference rooms, it houses offices for the regional car dealers association and a private automotive management university, which supplement the college’s financial resources while expanding students’ educational opportunities.
The low wings of the building, with their radiused corners, visually tie it to the existing complex, while the showroom projects over the rest of the building, acting as a beacon of the program. The showroom, which divides the educational side from the business side, is used by both schools as a teaching lab to introduce new technology and by auto dealers to introduce new models and train sales staff.
Natural lighting is abundant throughout, and the materials used project a sleek aesthetic. The proximity between the different user groups creates synergies that would not otherwise exist. It provides the opportunity for employers to meet with future employees and for students to receive a four-year degree without leaving the community college campus.
At a time when resources are scarce, this mutually beneficial relationship attests to the advantages of public-private partnerships. This facility enables that partnership and promotes pride within its users.