MSTC Stevens Point Campus
Mid-State Technical College
Somerville worked with the college and the City to redesign an existing shopping mall into a modern college campus. Utilizing the existing structures and site allowed the college to expand their program options and establish a more centrally-located campus with convenient proximity to many downtown amenities. The remodeled building houses multiple state-of-the-art computer/network training labs, telepresence classrooms, general education classrooms, a spacious health science lab, medical assistant lab, and an early childhood education lab with an interactive kitchen space. Taking advantage of existing clerestory windows, a mezzanine level was designed to host a generous student lounge/student area. An open concept Academic Success and Learning Resource Center along with a spacious Community Engagement room anchor the east end of the building. Large windows and aluminum glass curtain wall systems throughout the building bring in abundant natural light and helps reduce artificial lighting energy consumption. The exterior utilizes locally quarried stone, prefinished metal panels and colored masonry units to disrupt the original mundane, commercial façade, giving the building a more contemporary aesthetic. The building was designed to meet LEED Silver certification standards and the adaptive reuse nature of the project helps to achieve this.
The project includes re-piping, new sprinkler system, new restroom facilities, a new gas-fired water heater, new domestic hot and cold water returns, lab sinks and all new rooftop units to cover the new layout and new ventilation requirements because of the change of occupancy. The project also includes a new gas-fired boiler and hot water system, new heating pumps, variable air volume units, new hot water preheat coils and individual variable air volume boxes with hot water heat coils in each classroom to provide zone control to heat the spaces. In addition, all the controls for the systems have the capacity to be monitored remotely from the MSTC campus in Wisconsin Rapids.