The 140,000 SF Industrial Technology Center at Texas State Technical College in Waco, TX was renovated to accomplish three goals: create an exterior image evoking the program of a technology center, in lieu of the original warehouse; define clear internal circulation and a central gathering space; address changing industrial technologies and replace aging building systems.
BRW’s master plan set a course for three phases of implementation. The first phase involved renovating the facades and creating two main building entries aligned with the campus mall axis. A central Community Space along this axis anchors the two entries and organizes internal circulation. The dynamic gathering space encourages interaction and movement with a central stair and second story bridge and is filled with natural light from the entryways and large clerestory openings. Large interior windows in the Community Space showcase views of activity in the technology labs.
The second phase improved machine and welding shops and classrooms to address changing needs and technology. Consolidation on the second floor of previously dispersed office space improves organization and movement throughout the building. Exterior landscaping softens and shades pedestrian pathways approaching the technology center. The future third phase will renovate the western third of the building with offices and classrooms.