SHW Group - Michigan
Grand Prize Winner 2012 Education Design Showcase
||Facility Use: College/University 4-Year Institution
Project Type: New Construction
Category: Whole Building/Campus Design
Location: Mt. Pleasant, MI
District/Inst.: Central Michigan University
Steve Lawrence Associate Vice President Facilities Management
Completion Date: June 2009
Design Capacity: 884 students
Enrollment: 3,548 students
Gross Area: 136,255 sq.ft.
Space per pupil: 154 sq.ft.
Site size: 5 acres
Cost per student: $39,140
Cost per sq.ft.: $254.00
Total project cost: $50,000,000
Building construction cost: $34,825,600
Site development cost: $2,481,500
Furniture & equipment cost: $2,813,000
Fees and other: $5,256,950
Central Michigan University recently constructed a new College of Education and Human Services Building to enhance the ability of the school to meet the learning needs of its students, the instructional needs of its faculty, and the functional needs of its supporting staff. The new building provides up-to-date academic instructional spaces, classrooms, labs, a child development center, staff, faculty, and departmental offices.
The original plan for the Education Building project included the construction of an addition and renovations to the existing Ronan Hall. During program confirmation, an assessment of Ronan Hall was performed to determine the extent and cost of required renovations and to determine which program requirements could be effectively located in a renovated Ronan Hall.
Based on the Ronan Hall facility assessment, the complexity of incorporating a new building into this area of campus, and the limited cost difference between re-utilizing Ronan and constructing a new building elsewhere, the recommendation to relocate the entire project to a more suitable location on campus was accepted by the University.
The building is centrally sited on what was the Washington Apartment Block. Four existing apartments were demolished to accommodate the construction of the new facility. The site is located adjacent to an existing campus utility tunnel to minimize infrastructure costs.
The building’s primary axis orientation is east/west and the building has four entrances. To the east and west, the building connects to pedestrian paths that connect student-housing areas to the south with central campus to the north. A northern entrance is located adjacent to a small visitor parking area; this entry accommodates a one-story wing to the north. This wing houses a lecture hall, classrooms and building support components. Finally a south entrance is provided for the 1st level Child Development Center program. The remaining classrooms are split on the northern side of levels two and three with shared group study areas terminating the double loaded corridor. Departmental offices as well as staff/faculty offices are generally located in the southern portion of the building. The site is programmed with a dedicated drop off area for the CDC program and also includes an enclosed secured outdoor learning center. Exterior gathering areas are landscaped with drought resistant and indigenous plantings.
The exterior walls consist of terra cotta rain-screen cladding, glass curtain-wall, and metal panels. A slate veneer is used at the east and west entries and the north wing. The primary structural system is a steel frame. Insulated Low-E coated and other high performance glass is used in all punched windows and curtain-wall. A Clerestory is used above the primary circulation to provide natural day lighting. Overhangs and deeply punched windows with solar screening provide solar shading.
The southern low roof is designed to include a shallow green roof. Roof construction anticipated steel beams and joists and metal deck, and includes an Energy Star compliant roof membrane installed over rigid insulation, creating a ‘cool’ roof structure. High roofs are clad with a campus standard metal roof.
The interior wall construction is a combination of steel studs with gypsum board and concrete masonry unit walls depending on the room usage and required durability. Interior finish selections utilize sustainable materials where appropriate. For example floor finishes include carpet tile (high recycled content), sheet linoleum and porcelain tile depending on room usage. Ceilings in the classrooms and professional work areas primarily use acoustic ceiling panels that offer both acoustical and operational advantages over open or hard surfaced ceilings. Low-VOC paints and stains are used throughout the project. The primary lighting in the classrooms and work areas are indirect/direct fluorescent fixtures.
Construction for the new building was completed in June of 2009.
In the 113 years since CMU was founded as the Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute, the University’s historic leadership in the field of teacher education has advanced steadily. CMU’s commitment to provide much-needed professional preparation to aspiring teachers—a mission first established in 1892—are realized further with the construction of a new education building. The technologically advanced new facility brings all education-related faculty and programs together into one environment that models the integrative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative nature of the teaching profession. This new facility support a number of CMU’s important teacher education objectives:
- Maintain and improve the University’s rank as one of the top teacher preparation institutions nationally
- Increase CMU’s capacity to expand the number of students graduating
- Provide progressive learning and research resources specifically designed for the education professions at CMU
- Enhance CMU’s teacher education programs with technologically advanced learning centers and laboratories, mediated classrooms, online virtual instructional resources, and interactive telecommunications capabilities
- Create a learning environment that empowers students to learn independently and acquire lifelong learning skills
- Increase the retention of new teachers in the field by providing additional statewide resources for professional development
- Provide much-needed space to offer professional development programs for in-service teachers and to develop programs for the community at large
In addition to classroom and laboratory spaces, learning also takes place in three educational building centers brought together and enhanced in the new building space:
- Child Development Center – providing space for a laboratory school for children and a learning environment for University students enrolled in the child development major. The center mirrors programs available in day care centers, preschools, and Head Start programs.
- Human Development Clinic – a multipurpose counseling center providing services to the surrounding community and schools with involvement required for graduate students in the final stages of the college’s Counseling program
- Reading Clinic – provides teaching opportunities for teacher education students at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as remedial, developmental, and enrichment opportunities for children from local communities.
This cohesive and integrative, technologically enriched, and learner centered environment will significantly benefit students, faculty, and the wider community.
While CMU has grown from relatively modest beginnings to a nationally recognized doctoral and research-intensive institution that enrolls more than 27,000 students and offers more than 200 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s, and doctoral levels. One constant throughout the years has been the University’s commitment to leadership in the field of teacher education. Today, CMU graduates more than 700 teachers each year. These teachers join 30,000 teaching alumni living and working throughout Michigan and beyond.
In bringing together all teacher education programs within the College, the following academic departments are housed in the new building:
- Teacher Education and Professional Development
- Educational Leadership
- Counseling and Special Education.
These departments offer a broad range of programs at all levels and many provide services via off-campus sites throughout the state of Michigan. Enhanced technological capability in the new building allows interactive courses to remote sites in the Upper Peninsula and elsewhere, while not draining faculty resources through continued long drives from the home site. This serves more students in an efficient manner and allows faculty more opportunities for research-based activities.
The new education building also provides one collaborative environment for CMU’s nationally renowned and emerging education centers and programs that serve education students as well as K-12 schools, students, and teachers throughout the region:
- Charter Schools
- Center for Student Services
- Michigan Schools in the Middle
- Science Mathematics Technology Center
- Great Exploration in Math and Science Center
- Opportunities for Talent Development
- Instructional Materials Center
- Technology Production Facility
|1) Control of Institution: Public|
Methodology & Standards:
|District/Institution Decision; First-Cost; Life-cycle Costs; State Mandated Standards|
|Primary Source: Alternative Source; Primary Source: State Appropriations; Primary Source: Operating Funds|
Alternative Sources: Secondary: Grants and Donations
Project Delivery Method(s):
|Principles Followed: LEED|
Certifications Obtained: Other (Seeking LEED Gold)
Site Selection and Development: Site Selection (Seeking LEED Gold); Stormwater Management (Seeking LEED Gold); Heat Island Reduction (Seeking LEED Gold); Building Orientation (Seeking LEED Gold)
Water Conservation: Water Conservation (Seeking LEED Gold)
Energy Efficiency and Conservation: Energy Efficiency (Seeking LEED Gold); Building Automation/Energy Management Systems (Seeking LEED Gold); Natural Ventilation (Seeking LEED Gold); Alternative Energy Source (Seeking LEED Gold)
Materials Use: Recycling/Reuse (Seeking LEED Gold); Sustainable Materials Selection (Seeking LEED Gold)
Indoor Environmental Quality: Use of Daylighting (Seeking LEED Gold); Electric Lighting Systems/Controls (Seeking LEED Gold); Acoustics (Seeking LEED Gold); Indoor Air Quality (Seeking LEED Gold)
Teaching Tool: Building as a Teaching Tool (Seeking LEED Gold)
Alternative Energy Sources: Other (Solar Hotwater Tubes)
Commissioning: Building/systems have been commissioned (Solar Hotwater Tubes)
Associated Firms and Consultants:
|Interior Design: SHW Group|
Landscape Architecture: Beckett and Raede
General Contractor: Walsh Construction
Structural Engineer: SHW Group
Electrical Engineer: SHW Group
Mechanical Engineer: SHW Group
Civil Engineer: Wilcox
Acoustical Consultant: Sextant
Technology Consultant: Sextant
Cost Consultant: Kirk Associates
Environmental Consultant: Arup