The growing demand for computer and manufacturing technology, art and architecture were the driving force behind the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion on the Ray Harstein Campus of Oakton Community College (OCC). The design team was challenged with co-locating existing and new programs under one roof while providing a unique identity for each.
The one-building campus nearly doubled with the addition and completes an interior “street” that ties old and new together. A central “piazza” sits at the intersection of these two “streets” to form the spiritual heart of campus.
The technology hub contains an ELT Lab, Cisco Lab, LAN Lab, Engineering Design Classrooms, CNC Lab, Manufacturing/Automation Lab, Architecture Studio, Painting and Drawing Studio and a Graphic Design Lab.
With a grant from the State of Illinois, numerous sustainability strategies were leveraged, including a raised access floor system for air distribution, natural light in laboratories to offset artificial lighting, and on-site storm water retention.