Fresh off of earning a 2017 Excellence in Design Citation from AIA Montana, Laramie County Community College’s Flexible Industrial Technology (“Flex Tech”) Building in Cheyenne, WY, was named a Grand Prize winner in Learning By Design magazine’s 2017 Awards of Excellence issue.
“The design nicely supports the functions and the
balance of visual interest with durable materials.”
–Learning By Design jury comments
From the magazine:
LCCC’s Flex Tech mirrors its users’ passions: acting as a machine that produces learning, teaching, the sharing of ideas, and inspiration. This is an enhanced environment that learning is on display.
The philosophy inspiring the design was that of a machine itself. The masonry design is inspired by the links of a chain. The core of the building is a collaborative, flexible space where connections are generated between students, teachers, and industry. This energy activates a circulation system that moves students through social linkages to a visible education environment where learning is transformed into production.
The Flex Tech fosters the most advanced industrial and technical pedagogic ideology for industry in Southeast Wyoming and provides its students with the unique expertise and skill sets that drive innovation and growth in the world beyond.
Flex Tech is both an anchor for the campus and a new front door to the community. The design generates collaboration, supports future flexibility, is responsible to the environment, promotes powerful learning, and supports the contemporary learning environment the college proudly embodies.
Additional mention of this award on kgwn.tv.
COREY JOHNSON, DIRECTOR OF CTA’S EDUCATION DESIGN STUDIO
“The team just knew as we were working on the design of the ‘Flex Tech’ that we were part of something special and innovative — and much, much different than any other career technical education facility. Winning the Grand Prize from Learning by Design simply confirmed it! More importantly, early feedback indicates students and educators are truly loving the space, which is the crowning achievement.”