Brief project description
Dunwoody College of Technology, established in 1914 as a technical college, is a private, independent, not-for-profit institution in Minneapolis, MN, known for its architecture programs and applied science associate degrees.
The Dunwoody leadership team committed to upgrading the institution's aging infrastructure and some of the facilities to breathe life into the campus and give students comfortable, inviting spaces to learn, collaborate, and feel at home. The planning began with an entire campus facilities master plan that looked to align the spaces and places with Dunwoody’s mission, vision, strategic plan, and academic plan so that the physical campus better told their story: learning, collaboration, innovation, and integration.
Inclusive, student-centered spaces were strategically integrated into the campus starting with an existing gymnasium that was rarely used, but is strategically located near the main building’s front door. Adding a floor to the gymnasium allowed the creation of a 24/7 learning commons focused on active learning and collaboration. Updating the college’s admissions processes resulted in relocating the welcome center and admissions between a student gallery and fireplace lounge – in the midst of the prime gathering spot for students, guests, and campus community. Upgrading the existing aging building infrastructure was also critical in the longevity of the facility.
When one student stated that these spaces have now become his “safe” zone and he spends most of his time outside the classroom and home here on campus, we knew we had accomplished one of the main goals of the project.
- Building lobby
- Admissions and campus fireplace lounge
- Admissions Welcome Center and suite
- Counselor offices
- Meet-N-Greet Rooms
- Hospitality area
- Active learning lab
- Various study/gathering areas
- Learning commons
This is what the space used to look like:
Here are the upgraded, updated admissions, learning, and collaboration spaces at Dunwoody:
"'Not only does a space like this bring interest, but it shows what it's really like today,' Dunwoody President Rich Wagner said.
"The [new] space is colorful and airy, with collaborative work areas and communal lounges. The classrooms themselves also got a facelift: There are technical spaces with 3D printers, welding labs and robotic tools as well as communal design labs with open seating and collaborative desk space.
"Students were also able to lend a hand in the design, collaborating with Golden Valley-based Mortenson Construction, the project's general contractor, and Credo Design Architects LLC, the design firm" (source).
Credo Design Architects were honored to be chosen for this long-awaited, multi-phase project, and we are so excited to see Dunwoody students enjoying the renovations and additions! Thank you to Dunwoody for sharing this amazing video featuring their students in the new space.