“Part of the challenge here was to transition what was developed in the 60s and 70s with what shops are like today.”
Paul Stevens, Senior Principal
Traditionally, vocational shop rooms were quite large with a significant amount of equipment. Part of the challenge here was to transition what was developed in the 60s and 70s with what shops are like today. Not only in the amount of real estate they have but to recognize the more compact equipment used, the introduction of computers and CNC machines, etc. We wanted to downsize to establish a more efficient layout with good flow, moving away from program specific shop rooms with no interconnection. We clustered the shops in one area of the school and those that have a greater integration with technology are serviced by one central classroom hub space.
In thinking about a more effective shops space, we considered not only the needs of the students and the changes in equipment, but also the faculty, who may be coming from a more applied pedagogy and are comfortable teaching in a more traditional manner. There is a dual aspect to this; not only designing the modern applied technology shops but also understanding how the faculty are actually going to work with the design.