Sweeping upgrade expands program offerings.
Serving approximately 640 high school students from 19 school districts in the Spokane area, the NEWTECH Skill Center offers instruction in various technical-education programs. Built in 1981, the center had undergone only minimal changes to its interior over the years and no longer met current industry standards for space, efficiency and allowable uses for the number of students enrolled.
This comprehensive modernization upgraded nearly 50% of instructional space in the 67,400-square-foot existing building and enclosed a partially finished building on the campus to house the industrial manufacturing program for a total of 34,000 square feet of revitalized space.
The reconfigured space resulted in:
- improved function of existing classrooms
- new classrooms from repurposed spaces
- enhanced operational efficiencies
- updated interior lighting
- the ability to add new curriculum
- integration of upgraded technology
Energy-efficient windows were installed to introduce daylight into the classrooms, which previously lacked windows. A refurbished science lab supports multiple programs. Vestibules at exterior entries better secure the building and provide control of unconditioned air infiltration.
The exterior walls of the industrial manufacturing training building are clad in prefinished insulated metal wall panels with a masonry veneer base, hinting at the technical curriculum provided within.
- Client: Spokane Public Schools
- Location: Spokane, Washington
- Size: 34,000 square feet
- Completed: 2016